Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric is "confused" about his future but is still determined to hang on to his star midfielder.
Redknapp came face to face with Modric on Thursday morning at the club's training base for the first time since the former Dynamo Zagreb man publicly declared his desire to move to Chelsea, a possibility that was dismissed by chairman Daniel Levy on Wednesday.
"He's walked in today and is happy, but the kid's a bit confused at the moment. Other teams want him but we want him here and I want to keep him," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"He loves playing here. It's a difficult situation for him and I understand where he's coming from. We can't kid ourselves. He signed a contract here, we love him here and want him here.
"We don't want to sell our best players. He's a special player for us. We want him here and need him here. "
Modric scored seven goals in the last two years for Tottenham, but his creativity and battling qualities in the middle of the park mean he is arguably the most important player in Redknapp's squad.
Spurs' failure to finish in the top four last year means Redknapp cannot offer Modric the Champions League football that Chelsea, or the other team reportedly interested in him - Manchester United - can.
Redknapp thinks the key to keeping Modric at White Hart Lane could be to persuade him the club are serious contenders for silverware by adding a couple of big name signings over the summer.
The manager has so far only been able to add veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel to the ranks, but he has also been linked with a number of big-name players on the continent such as Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi.
"We need to add to him (Modric)," Redknapp added. "I've had a chat with Daniel Levy and we're looking to improve - we obviously need to. But it's not easy. Daniel has always spent money here and he'll do it again this year."