Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Chelsea target Luka Modric will face Manchester City

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 club
Tottenham 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.

"Things haven't broken down. There is still a good chance, the chairman is working on it," he continued.

"I signed him at Portsmouth and they sold him for £22 million. He's real talent, a fantastic player and it's a real possibility still."

Loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor was in the stands to watch his new team-mates draw 0-0 with Hearts on Thursday and Redknapp hinted that a permanent transfer is possible if the striker impresses.

He added: "If he comes in and does fantastic they'll all sing 'there's only one Adebayor'. If he's useless they'll sing something else. That's football and it has never changed.

"No-one has fallen out with the Arsenal fans more than he has. He's the most hated ex-Arsenal player in history. The fans will love the fact that the Arsenal fans don't like him.

"If he comes here and does great we will want to keep him here."