Luka Modric's national coach has insisted that he told the playmaker that staying at Tottenham hasn't affected his selection chances for the Croatia side, with Slaven Bilic insisting that Spurs are as big as any English club.
Transfer speculation caused multiple headaches for Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy last summer, with Chelsea working hard to land Modric with multiple bids in the lead up to deadline day.
Not even a £40 million offer for the star was enough to tempt Tottenham, despite Modric claiming he wanted a move to Stamford Bridge.
And as speculation mounts that he might be interested in a move to Manchester City, Bilic insists that to the rest of the world, the 26 year old is already playing for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
"I have spoken with Luka and I will respect whatever he decides to do," Bilic told The Sun.
"But I did say to him he's already at a massive club at Tottenham. Everyone knows huge clubs are interested in Luka but what I said was he should not forget how big Tottenham are.
"Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle spent many years here and are proud to have played for this club. If he decides to leave then Luka should do it for the right reasons."
City boss Roberto Mancini admitted recently that he liked the look of Modric, but the Italian was quick to point out that it would be difficult to come to an agreement with Tottenham, as Chelsea found last year.
And though Redknapp and Daniel Levy have always insisted that they would keep Modric, no matter what offer was on the table, the man who is currently favourite to be the next England manager believes that his head may be turned by the sky high wages that City can offer.
"I would think if someone is going to offer him £200,000 a week it could probably turn his head a little, yes!" he said, as reported in the Telegraph.
"Only Luka knows what he wants to do with his life.
"We want to keep him here. We need to keep him. We love him. He is a fantastic player."
Modric has been an integral part of the Tottenham squad this season, and the side have been a surprise success so far, pushing Manchester United and Manchester City for top spot in the table at numerous occasions.
The north London club are currently fourth, but level on points with third-placed Arsenal, and Redknapp has mapped out his ambitions to take the side to their second Champions League campaign in three years.