Date published: Tuesday 6th October 2020 3:46
Luka Modric has defended his former Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale after the Wales winger returned to Tottenham on loan in September.
Bale spent seven years in Madrid, winning the Champions League four times and La Liga twice.
However, he fell out of favour towards the end of his time in Spain, with the local press not showing much sympathy for him.
Hence, Bale was allowed to return to Tottenham on loan during the transfer window, where he previously spent six seasons.
Now, Croatia captain Modric – who played with him at both clubs – has claimed people have forgotten how much Bale has contributed to Real in recent years.
“The press are judging him for his recent years, but you have to remember him for everything he has given.
“He has not had any problems in the dressing room. He spoke Spanish with us.
“People quickly forget what Bale has done. Gareth didn’t socialise much, but in the dressing room he was fine.
“I’m sorry many forgot what he has done.”
Man Utd wanted Bale
To complete the signing of Bale, Tottenham had to fend off competition from Manchester United.
The Red Devils had identified the 31-year-old as a potential alternative to their main target Jadon Sancho – who they also failed to sign.
Bale was reportedly keen on the idea of moving to Old Trafford, but United left it too late to wrap up a deal.