Zinedine Zidane admits it may take a world record bid to lure Gareth Bale away from Tottenham this summer.
Bale scored 21 Premier League goals last season and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid – something his agent talked up earlier this month.
Zidane has previously spoken out about Madrid’s interest in Bale and believes the Welshman has the quality required to shine at the Bernabeu, although Tottenham remain adamant they won’t let their star player leave and have reportedly offered him a bumper new contract extension.
Previous reports suggested Madrid were willing to spend up to £85 million – a world record transfer fee – to secure Bale’s services.
Such is Tottenham’s desire to keep hold of the 23-year-old that Zidane, now sporting director at Madrid, concedes a bid in excess of what they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 may be required.
“The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise,” he said. “It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.
“If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money – maybe even record-breaking money.
However the French World Cup winner was quick to warn his club that there a handful of teams in Europe capable of paying such a large fee.
“There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.”