Modric defends his friend Bale

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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has defended his friend Gareth Bale’s record at Real Madrid and described the criticism towards his former teammate as unfair.

Modric spent four years playing alongside Bale at Tottenham, and seven years in Madrid, forming part of a team that won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles before Bale returned to Spurs on a season-long loan deal last month.

“I have been with Gareth for a long time, almost my entire professional career,” Modric told COPE radio.

“He’s a great guy, I think that what people have said about him lately is unfair. Maybe they judge him for the last few years, but what Gareth did at Madrid is impressive. For me, he’ll always be remembered as a player who has done a lot for the team and the club,” he said.

Bale’s relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane deteriorated, with sources saying the situation had become something personal.

“People say a lot of things, but Gareth never had a problem in the dressing room with anyone,” Modric added.

“He spoke Spanish, he just didn’t give interviews. In the dressing room, he’d joke and speak with us a bit. We were all really happy with him… People forget everything he’s done, but with the passing of time people will remember that he was an incredible, important player for Real Madrid.”

Bale endured a difficult final season in Madrid, scoring just two league goals from 16 appearances in 2019/20.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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