The Croatia international has been the subject of two rejected bids from the Blues this summer but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined he will not leave the London clubTottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he expects Luka Modric to make his first appearance this season against Manchester City on Sunday.
Modric has been the subject of two rejected bids from fellow London club Chelsea, but Redknapp has praised the Croatian for not forcing through a potential move.
He said at his post-match press conference after Thursday's draw with Hearts: "It's been difficult for him but we want him to stay and he will stay. He'll train tomorrow and Saturday and should be fit for Sunday.
"He could have kicked up and been a problem and if he had done it would have been difficult to keep him.
"If players want to be destructive they can be but he's not got that in his nature. He'll stay and play and will be great as he has been every other year."
As for players coming in to Spurs, Redknapp hoped to conclude a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra before the close of the transfer window next week.