Luka Modric addresses Gareth Bale rumours over Real Madrid spell
Luka Modric has dismissed rumours Gareth Bale was shunned by his teammates at Real Madrid and claims the winger can speak Spanish.
According to Mirror, Bale proved to be an untold success at the Bernabeu following his 2013 world-record transfer from Tottenham, where he played alongside Modric.
But the latter stages of his time at the club were dogged by reports he had opted not to learn the local language and refrained from socialising with teammates.
However Modric has dispelled those rumours, insisting there was no issue between Bale and the rest of his Madrid colleagues.
“I have been here with Bale for a long time,” Modric told El Partidazo del Cope. “He’s a spectacular, shy guy.
“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.”
In Bale’s seven years at the club he helped Madrid to four Champions League titles, playing a pivotal role in the 2014, ’16, and ’18 finals.
Madrid’s fans soon turned on the Welshman though, and he soon fell out of favour under boss Zinedine Zidane, who tried desperately to offload him last summer.
After then blocking a move for Bale elsewhere, Zidane welcomed him back into Madrid’s squad but handed him only a bit-part role before freezing him out at the end of the season.
It was during those matches resigned to an unused substitute role that Bale further irked the club’s supporters for his tomfoolery whilst sat watching on from the stands.
First he pulled his protective mask over his eyes and pretended to fall asleep during the fixture against Alaves, before then using medical tape as a mock binocular in the meeting with Granada.
Madrid have since sent Bale on loan back to Tottenham and it is unlikely he will play another game for Madrid with his permanent departure expected next summer.
But Modric defended his old teammate’s legacy.
“People quickly forget what Bale has done,” Modric added. “Gareth didn’t socialise much, but in the dressing room he was fine. I’m sorry many forgot what he has done.”