Modric endured a difficult start after his 40 million euro move from Tottenham in 2012.
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Gareth Bale may have scored more decisive goals for Real Madrid than Luka Modric since the pair swapped Tottenham for the Spanish capital, but the Croatian midfielder has proved far more popular to Real fans than his teammate.Bale, who was signed by Real in August 2013 for a then-world-record fee of 100 million euros ($118.2 million), had a dream debut season in Madrid, striking decisive goals in the King's Cup final against Barcelona and the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.There was no happy ending, however, as Bale ended the game with a calf injury which is likely to keep him out until November.Bale's delicate status in the Spanish capital contrasts with Modric, who has developed into Real's most influential midfielder, the player who has overseen their transition from counterattack specialists into a team that embraces possession.
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