KEY POINTS

  • Gareth Bale rejoined Tottenham Hotspur last month on loan from Real Madrid
  • Bale played seven seasons with Real Madrid
  • Real Madrid's Luka Modric defended Bale and said he was a good teammate

Gareth Bale’s stay with Real Madrid ended on a sour note as the Welsh star saw minimal action under manager Zinedine Zidane. Amid rumors of Bale having problems internally with Los Blancos, Luka Modric has come to the defense of his former teammate.

"I have been with Gareth most of my professional life and he is a spectacular guy," Modric told COPE. "He is shy, similar to me."

Throughout Bale’s career, he was able to make a name for himself as one of the top wingers in the world. In seven seasons with Real Madrid, Bale appeared in 251 matches, netted 105 goals and tallied 68 assists.

Despite the unpleasant relationship Bale had with Zidane in the past few years, Bale still had an overall successful stint with Real Madrid. He was part of four Champions League titles, two La Liga championships and one Copa del Rey for Los Blancos.

"What is said about him is not fair, they judge him in recent years but what he has done at Madrid is something impressive and he will always be remembered as a player who has done a lot for the club," Modric added.

Modric pointed out that during their time together, Bale was able to develop a good rapport with his Real Madrid teammates and fit in well with the club, Goal reported.

"He has never had any problems in the dressing room, he is a great guy. He spoke Spanish, he joked with us," Modric shared.

The Welsh star had multiple memorable moments for the Santiago Bernabeu-based squad, including a bicycle kick in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final that sealed the title for Real Madrid.

"In recent years many things have come out and they have forgotten what he has done. When time passes they will remember him and how important he has been," Modric said of Bale.

"Every person has their own behavior. He was like that, he didn't associate much, but in the dressing room, he was very good. It makes me sad that everything he has done has been forgotten in the last year," he concluded.

Bale is currently on loan to Tottenham Hotspur, the club he served from 2007 to 2013. The Spurs are now at sixth place in the Premier League standings with a record of two wins, a draw and a loss.