Tottenham Transfers: Gareth Bale to Real Madrid Talk Continues

One of Real Madrid’s biggest targets if not their biggest target this summer Spurs’ Welsh superhero Gareth Bale. His spectacular displays for his North London outfit have made him a prized commodity, so much of one that precious few clubs could afford him. Madrid President Florentino Perez is more than an admirer of Bale categorically focused on convincing him of a move to the Spanish capital.

“He is a very good player who plays at Tottenham, a team we must respect,” Perez said. “He is magnificent and was born to play for Real Madrid.”

Ex-Real Madrid manger and fellow Welshman John Toshack added on Perez’ words saying that he was as good as they come and among the best in the game today.

“For me, Gareth is better than Neymar, because he is playing in a very competitive League,” Toshack told Punto Pelota. “With Neymar we will have to wait and see. If there is someone who is worth €100m, then it is Bale. His debut? He had just turned 17 and had a tremendous future. I had never seen a player like him. Even a blind man can see that Bale has something different. He is a player for all conditions, introverted and a great professional.”

“He is very modest. The injuries he suffered when younger have seen him grow stronger. They talk about Leo [Messi], we have not seen anyone at his level. Then with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, whose power is not seen everyday. Bale is catching up to these two. He is alongside the Ronaldos and the Messis. He could end up at one of the big two in Spain. He has to play in the Champions League,” he finished.

Bale’s former manager at Tottenham, Harry Redknapp, didn’t rule out a move to the continent but hinted that it might not be this window.

“Gareth won’t want to leave. He’s not an over-ambitious lad,” Redknapp told Talksport. ”He wants to be successful obviously but he’s not someone I can see moving to Real Madrid at this stage in his life.”

“His football is going great, he’s PFA Footballer of the Year and loved in this country by football fans who know the game,” he continued. “He’s very happy at Tottenham and I can see him staying for at least another year. Eventually he’ll feel it’s time to give it a go abroad, somewhere like Barcelona or Real Madrid, because he is capable of playing anywhere,” he said. He is the third best player in the world at the moment, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” he finished.

His North London rivals have more than hailed his play as well. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confided that he should have bought the Welshman when he had the chance, as he went to Tottenham for a final fee of  £7 million in 2007.

“We didn’t take him as we had Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy and didn’t want another left-back,” Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport. “I must confess it was a huge mistake as he can play in midfield. He struggled at the start at Tottenham, then they moved him to midfield and he has done exceptionally well.

“The career of a player sometimes depends on playing in the right position,” Wenger added.

Bale has every opportunity to leave. It only remains to be seen if it’s this summer or in the future, and it’s a long window in which to speculate.

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