Harry Redknapp said he is convinced that Luka Modric will stay at White Hart Lane, arguing it would be embarrassing for the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, if he were sold now.
The Tottenham manager left Modric out of the Spurs side that lost 3-0 at Manchester United last night saying "his head was not right". However, Redknapp emphatically denied that this was a signal he was about to be sold to Chelsea, who have made three bids for the Croatian midfielder.
"I am sure he will stay," he said. "The chairman has made up his mind that he won't be sold and it would be difficult for him to go back on that. There is no point in selling him so late in the transfer window when I would have so little time to pick up a replacement."
Redknapp said he was hopeful of adding to his squad and that further signings were not dependent on Modric being sold. He expects Levy will be able to arrange a loan deal with Manchester City for Emmanuel Adebayor and to add the Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.
"I would be lying if I said Modric does not want to go to Chelsea," he said. "He knows what he can earn elsewhere and if someone offered to treble your wages, you would be interested. But he is not the sort of person who, if he stayed, would cause havoc unless they were let go. He is something of a model pro.
"The chairman has to sit down and have a chat with him because they fell out after their first meeting. Daniel has to tell him: 'You are important, you are a big player for us and we are an ambitious club'. The chairman has said that we will look at his contract and that we want to keep him."
Redknapp said that it was unlikely White Hart Lane would turn against Modric if he decided to stay, pointing out that Samir Nasri received a good reception when he started for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
"I have always got on very well with Modric," said Redknapp. "Not only do I want to keep him, I want to add to our squad and, if he stays, he will soon win the fans over."