Quit Spurs and join me in Madrid, Gareth! Modric tells old pal Bale to follow his lead and live Champions League dreams
08:54 GMT, 30 November 2012
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Luka Modric has told Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid to realise his dream of winning the Champions League.
The Croatia playmaker quit White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu in the summer for 33million to further his own ambitions and has urged his former Spurs team-mate to do the same.
Force of nature: Gareth Bale (centre) ran Liverpool ragged at the Lane this week
Big move: Luka Modric (right) quit Spurs for Real Madrid last summer
Bale has been in brilliant form for Andre Villas-Boas' side in recent weeks, and set up Aaron Lennon for one goal with a searing run down the left wing before scoring a free-kick himself against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Modric compared Bale's pace, strength and skill on the ball to his Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and reckons the pair can be an unstoppable force together in Jose Mourinho's team.
Deadly duo: Modric and Bale in their days together at White Hart Lane
He said: 'We used to talk and I know
he wants to play Champions League football every season and has a big
dream of winning the Champions League. Madrid would be a great club for
him to achieve his dreams.
'I play with Ronaldo here at Madrid
and the way he just runs with the ball with such confidence and
defenders back off him is exactly the same as Gareth.
'To have the both in the same team would be unstoppable.'
Bale, 23, has caught the eye of Europe's top clubs with a series of stunning performances for Spurs over the last few years in both the Premier League and Europe.
Madrid and Barcelona are leading the chase for the Wales star and can offer almost guaranteed Champions League football each season, such is their dominance in Spain.
Spurs sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League table and are set to challenge for fourth spot, their finishing position last season, once again this term.
But with far more strength in depth among English clubs, Spurs cannot be certain of playing in Europe's top club competition each year, as they found out the hard way when Chelsea deprived them of a spot in the competition by beating Bayern Munich in last season's final in May.