Tottenham boss warns Luka Modric over Gareth Bale invitation
Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Andre Villas-Boas told Luka Modric to stop talking about Gareth Bale
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed former Spurs star Luka Modric for telling Gareth Bale to join Real Madrid.
Modric moved to Santiago Bernabeu this summer in a deal worth an estimated £35million from White Hart Lane and was recently quoted pleading with Bale to join him in Spain.
The Croatia international claimed that a combination of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for los Merengues would be an “unstoppable” combination for the reigning La Liga champions.
This did not go down well with Villas-Boas and the Portuguese reacted strongly, instructing Modric to desist from talking about his players and to keep his mind on his own team.
Villas-Boas also insisted the Welsh winger would not be leaving Tottenham any time soon, no matter how badly Modric wants him at Real Madrid.
“I think he should focus more on his club than ours," said the former Chelsea boss.
"Obviously Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham, but it is completely impossible [for Bale to leave].”
Bale has been in sensational form for Spurs in recent weeks and was crucial on Wednesday in the 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.
The 23-year-old set up fellow winger Aaron Lennon for the opening goal before wrong-footing Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a free-kick.
Bale even scored the third goal of the game, though it was as part of a comical own goal; Lennon’s blasted clearance hit him n the face and went straight in.
Speculation around Bale’s future was heightened when Chelsea’s unlikely Champions League triumph meant Spurs missed out on the competition, despite finishing ahead of the Blues in fourth.