Luka Modric says he’s been saddened that Gareth Bale’s achievements at Real Madrid were forgotten in the turbulent months leading up to his loan move to Tottenham and has backed Eden Hazard to come good at the Bernabeu this season.
Bale’s tumultuous relationship with Zinedine Zidane never improved after the iconic Frenchman’s first stint as manager and it was made abundantly clear that he would not be in Madrid’s plans for the 2020/21 campaign.
The forward appeared set for a switch to the Chinese Super League earlier this summer – and was being offered eye-watering wages of £1million-a-week by Jiangsu Suning – before his former club Spurs made their interest known last month.
Modric, who has shared a dressing room with Bale at both Tottenham and Madrid, insists the Wales international ‘never had any problems’ with his team-mates in the Spanish capital.
And while many in Madrid turned against Bale before his return to north London, Modric hopes supporters will be able to remember the good times down the line.
‘I have been with Gareth most of my professional life and he is a spectacular guy. He is shy, similar to me,’ Modric told Spanish outlet COPE.
‘What is said about him is not fair, they judge him in recent years but what he has done at Madrid is something impressive and he will always be remembered as a player who has done a lot for the club.
‘He has never had any problems in the dressing room, he is a great guy. He spoke Spanish, he joked with us.
‘In recent years many things have come out and they have forgotten what he has done. When time passes they will remember him and how important he has been.
‘Every person has their own behaviour. He was like that, he didn’t associate much, but in the dressing room he was very good. It makes me sad that everything he has done has been forgotten in the last year.’
‘It is not a comfortable situation for him,’ the Croatia midfielder added.
‘He has come to show that he is one of the best players in the world and I am sure he will prove it this year.
‘When he was good he has shown that he will be important, but injuries stopped him. It’s a shame because we need him and he will show why Madrid paid so much for him.’