Spurs won’t let Gareth Bale talk about absent Luka Modric

Brooks Peck
July 23, 2012

Luka Modric has already been fined twice by Spurs (totaling about £80,000) for not training with the team or traveling for their U.S. preseason tour as he hopes to force a move to Real Madrid. Spurs are understandably unhappy with him -- so unhappy that they don't even want their other, more compliant players to discuss him.

When a Sky Sports reporter asked Gareth Bale about Modric, Bale just smiled as he was pushed away by a club PR man, bringing an abrupt end to the interview. Former Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart wasn't being watched as closely, however, so he did manage to get a few words in on the subject. Presumably before the head of the club's communications department snuck up behind him and put him in a sleeper hold.