Croatia midfielder Luka Modric said his new club Tottenham Hotspur could look froward to a "great future" despite the departure of Robbie Keane and the possible exit of Dimitar Berbatov.

"This club really has a great future. We have a lot of positive things here. We have great ambitions regardless of Robbie Keane leaving," Modric told reporters at the Spurs training ground.

"Even if Berbatov leaves, I'm sure we will find another great player to take his place," he added referring to the Bulgaria striker who is wanted by Manchester United.

Keane and Berbatov each scored 23 goals last season in all competitions and helped Spurs win the League Cup.

Modric, 22, signed for Tottenham for £16.5 million ($32.82 million) from Dynamo Zagreb before this year's European Championship finals and much is expected of the jewel of Croatia's international side.

Spurs have been active in the transfer market this summer with Ireland captain Keane leaving to join Liverpool for 19.0 million pounds on Monday, a few days after the departure of former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson to Blackburn Rovers.

New arrivals
The arrivals also include Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from PSV Eindhoven and highly rated 19-year-old Mexican teenager Giovanni dos Santos from Barcelona and both believe Spurs can mount a realistic challenge for honours this season.

Gomes told reporters: "You cannot look back in football, and I prefer to think about the players who are here, rather than the ones who have gone. My ambition this season is to win." When asked what he would like to win, he replied: "Everything. The championship."

Giovanni, who moved from Mexico to Barcelona when he was 13, said he had no regrets about leaving the Nou Camp. "I was not forced out, but it was very difficult for me to play regularly there and Tottenham is the best option for me."

He said Barcelona's France striker Thierry Henry, the scourge of Tottenham in his Arsenal days, also advised him to move to the blue half of north London. "I took his advice and he said it would be a great move for me. It's a great club and is going places.

"I am also delighted to be playing for a coach like Juande Ramos. He won a trophy in his first season here, and we must aim at winning another one next season too."

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