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Bale 'too young' for Real Madrid move, warns Pleat

Pleat has told Bale to commit his future to Spurs (©GettyImages)
Pleat has told Bale to commit his future to Spurs (©GettyImages).

Gareth Bale is 'too young' to move to Real Madrid, according to former Tottenham manager David Pleat.

The La Liga giants are reportedly lining up a staggering 100million euros bid for the Welshman - who is said to be willing to move to Spain.

However, Pleat feels that Bale would struggle to make an impact away from the Premier League.

"I doubt he'd find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas," Pleat told BBC Sport. 

"One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time. 

"I think he is young to go, but he might feel that, with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him."

He also told the winger - who scored 21 goals in the Premier League last season - to reject Madrid in order to stay at White Hart Lane for at least one more season.

Pleat - who was also a director of football at Spurs - backed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's stance.

"Tottenham have been very firm," concluded Pleat.

"If something shattering, like £100m, is put on the table, then I think even the resistance of Daniel Levy may have to give in, but I think even supporters would understand it for that money."

Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has also had his say on Bale's future by labelling the move to Spain as 'difficult'.

"Any player going from over here to Spain, it's a lot different to what you imagine," warned Owen.

"It's a slow pace of life. I was in a hotel for six months with a young child. It's very difficult. 

"You need to get a lot of things in order off the pitch. I'd be surprised if he went this year."

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