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Manchester United & City favourites for Bale, says Hoddle

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Gareth Bale is likely to favour a transfer to either Manchester United or Manchester City rather than secure a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to former Tottenham player and manager Glenn Hoddle.

The future of Bale has been the subject of constant transfer speculation, and the Spurs star is reported to be a top target for Real Madrid, while Manchester United and Manchester City have been credited with interest.

Reports on Sunday claimed Real Madrid are prepared to break their own transfer world record by offering £85 million for Bale - trumping the fee paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

Bale's agent last week claimed he would be 'honoured' to receive a proposal from Real Madrid, while the club's president has since claimed the PFA and FWA player of the year was 'born' to play for Los Blancos.

Hoddle, however, does not believe the 23-year-old would be interested in leaving Spurs for a move abroad at this stage in his career, and the White Hart Lane legend believes the Wales international would prefer to join either Manchester United or Manchester City.

"Personally I don’t think Gareth Bale wants to leave yet unless it was to one of the Manchester clubs," Hoddle told talkSPORT.

“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."

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