Friday, 7 June 2019

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid problems won't affect him for Wales, says Luka Modric

Croatia captain Luka Modric says Gareth Bale's problems at Real Madrid will not affect him while on international duty for Wales.

Bale comes up against his Real team-mate Modric in Osijek on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football, having suffered a nightmare end to the season at the Bernabeu.

The Welshman was dropped from the starting eleven and boss Zinedine Zidane even refused to bring him off the bench in the final La Liga game when Real were losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis.

The Spanish giants are reportedly keen to get Bale off the wage bill this summer, but Modric doesn't believe that will cause the 29-year-old to under-perform for his country.

"It's very different to play for your club or in international football and there's no correlation in form between those two," the Croatia midfielder said.

"I know what playing for the Welsh national team means to Gareth, so I don't think his lack of minutes for Real Madrid will influence his performance.

"Gareth is an amazing player. We've already played together for ten years and he's a great team-mate. What he's achieved as a player and what he will achieve in the future is something extraordinary.

"I expect him in top shape. We have to stop him as well as we can, we have to limit the great talent he has."

World Cup finalists Croatia started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 home victory over Azerbaijan in March but were stunned by Hungary three days later, losing 2-1 in Budapest.

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