Luka Modric believes Gareth Bale could play for Real Madrid again – if he is “motivated and hungry”.
Modric, who has spent much of his career alongside the Welshman at Tottenham and Real, spoke exclusively on talkSPORT on the eve of Euro 2020 – which kicks off Friday night with Turkey against Italy.
Bale spent last season on loan at his former club Spurs and proved to be a useful addition for the Lilywhites, scoring eleven goals and adding two assists in 20 Premier League appearances.
It’s unclear what will happen next with the 31-year-old and whether he wants to return to Real after Carlo Ancelotti’s reappointment as manager, or even if the club want him to return at all.
But Croatia captain Modric, who hopes to face Bale in the final stages of Euro 2020, could see a return for his longtime friend 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’ve spent a lot of years together at Spurs and Madrid. It was a good time with him.
“I hope we will meet in this tournament at a later stage. This would mean that we will both be successful through our groups and beyond. We’ll see what happens in the new season.
“Gareth was playing well with Carlo [Ancelotti] in his first spell and if Gareth is motivated and avid for football, he can be of use to Real Madrid.
Speaking of Ancelotti’s return, Modric says he’s delighted to be reunited with the Italian ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
“I can’t wait to work with him again,” he added. “Carlo is a great manager and a great person.
“When he left, we kept in touch. It’s hard to compare but he’s been very important to me in my career, so he’s at the top.
Regarding his chances, Modric said Croatia’s underdog status would work in his favor again, having eliminated England on their way to the final World Cup defeat to France in 2018.
“It’s our destiny that everyone underestimates us before a big tournament, but we don’t mind that people don’t see us as favorites,” he said.
“We are here and we will fight and give everything we always give playing for Croatia.
“We’ll see where we get to, at what stage of the tournament. We are not the same team we were in the World Cup, there are players who have left and young people who have entered and it takes time for everything to fall into place.
“We are always dangerous for everything. I don’t think everyone is eager to play against us.
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