Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has urged Gareth Bale to reject overtures from Real Madrid and stay in the Premier League - adding that if the Welsh star is to do so, his only realistic transfer options are Manchester United or Manchester City, reports The Sun.
The 23-year-old winger has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, ever since the 2012/13 campaign finished, with reports the Spanish giants are lining up an £80million move for the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Bale to Old Trafford, as he looks to stamp his authority on the squad he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the new season.
However, Real Madrid are also said to be weighing up a bid for the Spurs star, with their new boss Carlo Ancelotti keen to lure the player to the Santiago Bernabeu, even after confirming the signing of Manchester City target Isco on Thursday in a £23million deal.
Hoddle says that Bale should remain in the Premier League, though, where he has excelled over the past two seasons, saying that a move abroad would be more beneficial later in his career.
"If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England," explained the 55-year-old at yesterday's Fans All Star global vote launch. "The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City.
"He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham. He is still young enough to secure a move abroad later in life when he could cope better with it."