Barton labels Tottenham star as best in the Premier League

QPR captain Joey Barton says that Luka Modric is the best player in the Premier League ‘by a mile’.

Modric played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat of the hoops yesterday, with Gareth Bale netting twice, and in-form Rafael van der Vaart getting the other to secure the points, a result which moved the North London club up to fifth in the table.

Barton tweeted: “What a footballer Luka Modric is, hats off. Best in the league by a mile.”

The Croatian play-maker was heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the summer, with Tottenham rejecting a £40 million bid from London rivals Chelsea, but boss Harry Redknapp was determined to keep his man and Modric now looks to be repaying the faith.

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