Glenn Hoddle: Gareth Bale Would Prefer Manchester Move To Madrid Switch

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Ex-England boss believes Bale would like to stay in Blighty.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Gareth Bale would prefer to play for the likes of Manchester United or neighbours City rather than cross the sea to turn out for Real Madrid, talkSPORT reports.

The Spanish giants are reportedly making the 23-year-old their number one transfer target this summer and are prepared to spend big to get him, though Hoddle feels it may be the wrong move.

Hoddle himself has experience of playing overseas with Monaco but he feels that a move abroad this early in Bale’s career could harm his future development.

“Personally I don’t think Gareth Bale wants to leave yet unless it was to one of the Manchester clubs,” he said.

If he goes abroad he’ll find it slightly difficult. He needs to be settled off the pitch and you get the feeling that he’s had a new baby and I’m not sure if he’s ready for that [a move abroad].

“When you’re 27 or 28-years-old you might be ready and mature enough to settle. You have to be settled off the pitch before you get your form on it. It’s a really big decision for him.”

“I would presume that if Tottenham get an offer like that then no-one would blame them for taking it,” he said.

“I don’t think anyone could stay at any club for that amount of money. Tottenham have got a stadium to build as well and the money would come in handy for that, if that’s the sum of money they are talking about.”

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