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AVB tells Modric to focus on Real, not Bale

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to worry about his own team following the midfielder's comments that Gareth Bale should join him at Real Madrid.

Modric left Spurs for the Spanish champions in the summer, and the Croatian said that his former team-mate should follow him to the Bernabeu in order to challenge for top honours.

"We used to talk and I know he wants to play Champions League football every season and has a big dream of winning the Champions League," Modric said. "Madrid would be a great club for him to achieve his dreams.

"I play with [Cristiano] Ronaldo here at Madrid and the way he just runs with the ball with such confidence and defenders back off him is exactly the same as Gareth.

"To have them both in the same team would be unstoppable."

Having already been moved to clarify his position that Bale is not for sale, Villas-Boas said in his press conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League match at Fulham that Modric should keep his thoughts to himself.

"I think he should focus more on his club than ours," he said. "He has to worry about (Real's) game against Atletico Madrid and about getting in to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"Obviously Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham and the fact that he is very connected with him and this football club, but it's completely impossible (for Bale to leave)."

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