Luka Modric has risked the wrath of supporters of his former team by encouraging Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid.
The Croatian, who left Tottenham for the Berbabeu last summer, has said he would like to see Bale follow the same path.
"Since Madrid is the team of the galaxy, Bale would fit perfectly, we could really use him," Modric told Marca.
"He would give the team another dimension. His shot, his strength, his speed, his offensive power.
"He is the type of player who will help us take a step forward."
After an electric season at White Hart Lane, Bale has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital, particularly in light of Tottenham's failure to qualify for the Champions League. There have even been suggestions that Real Madrid could break their own world record by offering Spurs more than the £80m it took them to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
Tottenham are more than reluctant to sell their best player, and Modric conceded he was on shaky ground with his former club by speaking about Bale.
"It is a complicated issue for me because I was with Tottenham," he said.
"I can tell you we're friends and he is an exceptional player. I guarantee it.
"And whether the club is Real Madrid, Tottenham or another, they can only win if they sign a player like that.
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