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Gareth Bale has been encouraged by those in La Liga to make the venture into Spain with Real Madrid, following a world record £85 million bid.

The 24-year-old Welshman has been pursued by the Spanish giants for the whole transfer window and now a formal bid has been lodged to acquire the services of the winger.

Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy is keen to keep Bale in north London, where he scored 21 League goals last season as he was voted the winner of both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Spurs face a mighty challenge to keep hold of the winger, particularly with the failure to qualify for the Champions League this season which may tempt the Welshman to look elsewhere as he seeks to play against Europe's elite.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been one of several players and coaches to encourage Bale to come play in the Santiago Bernabeu, though the Spaniard did so rather ambiguously.

Speaking on the Los Blancos' tour of the US, the defender said: "I think the mixing of veteran players as well as young players is a great philosophy.

"Not only as a team but in providing young people for some of us who have been here so many years.

"Facing up to the challenges, and in that sense, those who are in a position to decide will leave us with our job to do.

"I think that they have to work that out with [newly appointed Madrid coach] Carlo Ancelotti, they must decide whether they need more players."

On Tuesday, Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas also spoke positively of Bale moving to La Liga, as he told the media: "We are talking about one of the top three or four best players in Europe and it's normal that his name is being discussed."

Even Madrid's deadly rivals in the Catalonia have taken to the media to roll out the welcome mat for Bale.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano told Fox Sports: "Always when players with quality come it is very good for the league.

"Bale is a player that has shown in the last three years that he is one of the best in his position."

Madrid, one of the richest clubs on the planet, have already splashed out on an estimated £61 million on new signings Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro, but Real Madrid legend and director of football Zinedine Zidane said: "This is modern football. You have to pay to get the best players in Europe.

"Last season, Gareth was on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The best players can have not so great games but change a game with a moment of brilliance.

"Those are the sort of players that win you Champions League and league titles."

Bale's impending move to Real Madrid has been the hot talking point of the summer, players and fans alike. But will the he ditch the British weather for the Spanish heat?

 

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