Chelsea FC: John Terry Weighs in on 'World Class' Luka Modric

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIJuly 19, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Luka Modric of Spurs controls the ball  during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground on September 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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In the midst of a Luka Modric transfer saga that won't go away, Chelsea captain John Terry has offered his own opinion of the Croatian midfielder with high praise to the British media.

"He's a world class player who is very difficult to play against," Terry told Sky Sports of Modric yesterday. "He's very agile, very quick and a great finisher like we've seen over many years."

"World class" is certainly one of the best compliments a player can ever receive in his career, especially coming from the captain of the England National Team.

As Modric continues to express disapproval with Tottenham, accusing club president Daniel Levy of threatening his career and backing out of agreements, expect such words of kindness to only solidify his desire to move to Stamford Bridge.

"I'm extremely disappointed by the way Levy talked to me," Modric told reporters earlier this month. "I had a cold welcome to his office and he talked to me arrogantly. He arrogantly let me know that he doesn't even want to know what I have to say."

Whether his account of the meeting with Daniel Levy is credible or not, there's clearly a stark contrast between his perception of Tottenham and his perception of Chelsea right now, one that kind words from a would-be Blues teammate will only strengthen in the long run.

Terry also said of Modric: "We've got a good squad of players. If he comes he could certainly add to that."

While the Spurs remain adamant that they will not be selling Modric for any price, don't think that the idea has been absent from his mind. And now the question for Modric will no longer be whether he would prefer to play for one club or another based on the quality of the organization, but rather the level of respect that's shown to him.

As it stands, Chelsea certainly seems to be winning that particular battle.