Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have become two of Real Madrid’s most important players since moving from Tottenham Hotspur, according to former Spurs and Los Blancos boss Juande Ramos.
Bale joined the Santiago Bernabeu side last summer for a 91 million euros fee, 12 months after Luka Modric signed for the Spanish giants. Both players struggled to impose themselves in the side at the start of their time in the Spanish capital, but have since become central to Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
The turning point for Modric was the Champions League match against Manchester United last season, when he scored a sensational goal at Old Trafford. Since then, he has become crucial to Madrid’s midfield, forming a great understanding with Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria.
In his first campaign at the club, Bale has scored 11 goals and assisting nine more after overcoming injury problems.
Speaking to AS newspaper, Ramos hailed the duo, saying: “It’s no wonder Bale’s performances have been inconsistent. He has immense talent but adaptation is always difficult and he can contribute so much. If we look at the minutes he has played, he has scored lots of goals. He will succeed wherever he plays.”
“I have people in Croatia who alerted me to him,” Ramos added on Modric.”The problem was he was young and needed to adjust. Now he’s mature and is the player we thought he’d become. Modric has the personality to carry the weight of the game.”