Gareth Bale is not yet ready to move to Real Madrid, says former Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle.
Welsh winger Bale is currently the subject of frenzied transfer speculation concerning a potential move to the Bernabeu, but former England manager Hoddle believes the player would be better served staying in the Premier League for at least another season.
“It’s a difficult one but if you’re talking about the lad himself, I would definitely, if I was advising him, I would say that he’s not quite ready to go abroad,” Hoddle told talkSPORT.
“I think he’s had a sensational year, for him to pick the reins up in that form would be nigh-on impossible straight away. I don’t feel he’s quite ready off the pitch to make that move.”
Madrid appear to have identified 24-year-old Bale as their number one target for the current transfer window and are reportedly preparing a world record bid in excess of £85 million in an attempt to prise him away from White Hart Lane.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is understandably reluctant to part with the club’s star asset, but Bale is believed to be extremely interested in the move.
Hoddle, however, has provided a stark warning to Bale about the potential perils associated with moving abroad at a young age.
”When you go abroad the first four, five, six months could be difficult for him to regain that form and if his family are not with him 100 per cent all those things come into it," he added.
“I just sense that maybe he might go for the wrong reasons. If we wants to go just for football reasons I think it might be better in a year’s time or maybe two years’ time.”
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