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White Hart Lane winger says he could not turn down moves to the Bernabeu or Nou Camp.
Gareth Bale: I couldn’t say no to Barcelona or Real Madrid transfer
Tottenham star Gareth Bale has admitted he would struggle to reject the advances of Real Madrid or Barcelona if either side came calling for him.
The Welshman, who is widely regarded as one of the hottest talents in world football, is once again set to be the subject of interest from Europe’s biggest clubs this summer, and with the two Spanish giants believed to be heading the queue for his signature, Bale admits a move abroad is appealing.
‘If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it’s a bit like Harry [Redknapp] and England, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime dream,’ he said.
‘If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down? Probably not.
‘If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.
‘But that has not happened so, at the moment, I’m just concentrating on Tottenham.’
To make such a statement as Gareth Bale has done according to this source amounts to little more than a ‘come and get me’ plea and surely one that will not best please Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, especially given the timing. The White Hart Lane side are fighting for a spot in the coveted top four and whilst they got back to winning ways at home to Swansea City the North London club will want to avoid any distractions as they go into the Premier League run-in.
For Bale to compound this statement by drawing parallels to Harry Redknapp’s own potential departure to take over as England boss is a double whammy.
There is no denying the talented displayed by the Welsh 22 year old and the consistency that the former Southampton man has displayed over the past 18 months will no doubt have a number of prospective suitors considering making a move for the wide-man this summer but chairman Daniel Levy will surely fight to keep his top talent, much as he did last term when Chelsea made it clear they were interested in Luka Modric.
If Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola were indeed to make a move for Bale it would not be a cheap one as Bale is one of the hottest prospects in Europe right now, having scored nine and assisted eight so far this term.
The chances of Bale leaving for Spain will of course be greatly increased if Tottenham fail to clinch a top four spot.