Former Tottenham Hotspur hero Gareth Bale admits Luka Modric presence helped Real Madrid move

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The former Tottenham duo are now stars at Real Madrid.

Former Tottenham Hotspur attacker Gareth Bale gave his first interview with Spanish radio. The interview with Spanish radio sports programme El Larguero was transcribed by Diario AS - and he had some positive words to say about a former Tottenham team-mate in Luka Modric.

He told the station that the Croatian's presence at the club was a big help when he joined the club in the summer of 2013.

He stated:

"Yes, we spent four or five years together. So I know him really well. Having somebody who I am familiar with when I arrived was very nice. Not having to go and make new friends was very Important. That was right at the start here. It made me feel very welcome."

Both players were heroes at Tottenham Hotspur. However the lure of the Bernabeu was too much for both players. Creative midfielder Modric left Spurs for Real Madrid in August 2012 for what was reported by the BBC at the time as a fee in the region of £30 million.

A year later and Tottenham were raided by Real once again. This time Real spent a fee that, if you believe the British press, was a world record fee of £86 million.

Since both of their arrivals both players have become vital members of the Real Madrid first team whilst Tottenham have struggled to replace both players different qualities at White Hart Lane.

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