Luka Modric believes Gareth Bale could play for Real Madrid again – if he is ‘motivated and hungry’.
Modric, who has spent a large part his career alongside the Welshman at Tottenham and Real, spoke exclusively to talkSPORT on the eve of Euro 2020 – which gets under way on Friday evening with Turkey vs Italy.
Bale spent last season on loan at his former club Spurs and proved to be a useful addition for the Lilywhites, netting eleven goals and adding two assists in 20 Premier League matches.
It is unclear what will happen next with the 31-year-old and whether he wants to return to Real following Carlo Ancelotti’s reappointment as manager, or even if the club want him back at all.
But Croatia captain Modric, who hopes to face Bale in the latter stages of Euro 2020, could see a return for his long-time pal under Ancelotti.
“I don’t know what will happen in the new season,” the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner told talkSPORT’s James Savundra, when asked about Bale’s future.
“He’s a great guy and we spent a lot of years together in Spurs and Madrid. It was a great time with him.
“Hopefully we meet in this tournament at a later stage. That would mean we both make it through our groups and further. We will see what will happen in the new season.
“Gareth was playing well with Carlo [Ancelotti] in his first spell and if Gareth is motivated and hungry for football, he can be helpful for Real Madrid.”
Speaking about Ancelotti’s return, Modric says he’s pleased to be reunited with the Italian ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
“I’m looking forward to working with him again,” he added. “Carlo is a great manager and great person.
“When he left we stayed in contact. It’s difficult to compare but he was very important for me in my career, so he’s at the top.”
On his side’s chances, Modric says Croatia’s status as underdogs will once again work in their favour, having knocked out England on the way to the World Cup final defeat to France in 2018.
“It’s our destiny that everyone underestimates us before a big tournament, but it is not bothering us that people don’t see us as favourites”, he said.
“We are there and we will fight and give everything like we always give when playing for Croatia.
“We will see where we will reach, what stage of the tournament. We are not the same team as we were in the World Cup, there are some players who have left and some young players who have come in and you need time for everything to be put in place.
“We are still dangerous for everything. I don’t think everyone is looking forward to playing against us.”
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