French legend puts Bale in world class bracket.
France and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane admits he is a big admirer of Tottenham star Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Mail.
Bale has been linked to the Spanish giants for a number of months now, after some scintillating form for Spurs this season, and Zidane says he has watched a lot of games just to watch the Welshman play.
The 40-year-old is currently a director of football at Real Madrid, and though he did not comment on whether the club would be bidding for Bale, he express his belief that the Spurs star would be good enough to line up at the Bernebeu.
“Big players like that, talented players like that, can always go to Real Madrid,” said Zidane.
“He’s more than good enough. I’ve been watching Tottenham for the very reason Gareth Bale is playing.
“Aside from people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are top players, he is the footballer who impressed me the most, I must admit. He particularly impressed me because he was consistent. He wasn’t just great in one or two matches, he was consistently a good player, all the time, and he was consistent in scoring goals, very important goals.”
Zidane was once the most expensive player in the world when he joined Real Madrid from Juventus for £50million, and it is thought that it would take a bid of around £65million to land Bale, which would make him the second most expensive player of all time after Cristiano Ronaldo, who now holds the record at £80million when he joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Spurs are hoping to keep Bale at White Hart Lane though, and have been rumoured to be offering him £200,000 a week to stay at the club for at least one more season.