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Luka Modric urges Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid

By Phil Cadden

Luka Modric has urged Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid after boldly presenting the Tottenham Hotspur star with a shirt of the Spanish champions following Croatia victory over Wales on Tuesday night.

Bale has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu and his former Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, has claimed he could walk into any team in the world.

Modric, Croatia playmaker and the Welshman's ex-club mate, said: "Harry is right – it would be amazing for Gareth to come and play for Real Madrid.

"I think he can do it. He is certainly good enough to play at the highest level. I hope he will come to us. It was nice to see my old friend Gareth and play against him. He's a top player. We had a good chat after the game."

Modric already plays in the same team as the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo following his £33m transfer to Real in August. Yet the 27-year-old reckons the mouth-watering prospect of seeing Bale double up with Ronaldo on the flanks would improve Jose Mourinho's star-studded line-up.

Modric added: "It would be even better than now to have Ronaldo and Bale on the wings for Madrid. And it could make Gareth an even better player. For me, they are the best two wingers in the world."

Bale shone once again in Wales' third defeat in four qualification games in Osijek but the 2-0 defeat effectively ended their 2014 World Cup qualifying hopes with six rounds still to go.

Chris Coleman's side are already seven points adrift of group leaders Belgium and Croatia and Bale said: "It's difficult to see (Wales qualifying) this time but the one thing we have to do is just to keep plodding away. We're still a young team who are progressing so I hope it can happen in the future."

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