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Modric: Bale Real deal

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 (27) reckons the mouth-watering prospect of seeing Bale double up with Cristiano 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.