Bale warned against move away from Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has been warned against a move away from the Premier League by Wales legend Ian Rush.

The ex-Liverpool striker left Anfield for Juventus in 1987, and struggled to settle in Italy after instant success on Merseyside.

Compatriot Bale has been linked with a big money move away from White Hart Lane, with manager Andre Villas-Boas claiming it would be a ‘disaster’ if his prized asset left for pastures new in Spain.

And Rush isn’t sure if a switch would be for the best either, with the 51-year-old questioning whether Bale would be happy abroad.

He told the BBC: "It's got to be something he's happy with. You will learn when you go abroad, but would he be happy?"

Rush spent a single season in Serie ‘A’, scoring 14 goals for the Turin giants in a spell that was a ‘big culture shock’ for the 73-cap international.

And, although Rush admits it would be easier to move abroad now than when he did in 1986, he believes Bale is happy at White Hart Lane and enjoying his football with Spurs.

"It was a big culture shock," said Rush, who returned to Liverpool after a year in Turin.

"It's a bit easier in today's world than it was 20-odd years ago. But it's got to be something Gareth's happy with.

"If you're not happy you won't produce your best football. He's happy what he's doing [at Spurs] and that's what it's all about."

Bale joined Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in 2007, and has scored 19 goals in all competitions for club and country this season.

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