The last two summers has seen Tottenham Hotspur lose arguably, no not arguably, their best players to the same team.
This summer they lost the swashbuckling tour de force that is Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu’s lure - as he became the latest and most expensive Galactico ever bought by the club.
He cost Los Blancos a whopping €100 million in the summer as they looked to overcome a trophy-less season in the Spanish capital last season.
However, the summer before, they targeted a different type of Tottenham player. Creative midfielder Luka Modric was snapped up by the club for £33 million.
The Croatian struggled at first at the club but the 28-year-old has now become a regular in the Madrid first team under Carlo Ancelotti and is starting to justify his whopping price-tag.
Bale struggled when he first arrived - but this was mainly down to a lack of pre-season action thanks to a troublesome injury issue.
However Bale has recently begun doing the same, justifying his price-tag with exceptional performances v Galatasaray, Sevilla and a ‘perfect’ hat-trick v Real Valladolid perpetuating the fact he is beginning to look worth the price they paid for him.
But the transition was never going to be easy and it seems the £33 million man has certainly helped the €100 million settle in in his new surroundings.
Today he was speaking to BT Sport and made it clear that the previous man who made the trip to Madrid from White Hart Lane has helped him settle in to his new surroundings:
“It’s been a little bit different to what I’m used to. It helps, having people like Luka Modric, I knew him from Tottenham Hotspur. Just the little things like how to get to the training ground - that helps.”
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