After an incredible 2012/2013 season for Gareth Bale which saw him net 21 times in the Premier League and sweep the PFA player awards, interest in the Tottenham star has grown massively.
Now the big boys of Madrid look set to sign the Welshman for a world record transfer fee, but is a move to Madrid necessarily the right one?
Historically British players that have moved abroad haven't enjoyed the best of their careers there. Clear examples of such misfortune include Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate, Thomas Graveson and Steve McManaman.
This could quite easily prove to be the case with Bale.
The size of the transfer could also ruffle a few feathers before he's even arrived. The reactions of Cristiano Ronaldo will be interesting to see, as well as a few other senior players who may feel their worth should be more recognised.
That aside, the pressure of playing for Real Madrid alone could prove to be another problem with a squad rich in quality that could easily leave him not playing first team football. With comparisons to Ronaldo seeming to build up by the second, he could well be lined up against the real thing, potentially exposing how out of depth he may be there. Ronaldo has a goal ratio of one goal a game, blowing Bale's scoring record out the water.
Personally I believe a move to Real Madrid at this moment in time would be detrimental to his development as a player and so he would be better off staying at Tottenham for at least another season- as Ronaldo did before his move to Madrid which consequently set him up in a better position.
Even a move to Manchester United would be a better suit, where he'd be an ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs in an environment with a reputation for developing young players and the prospect of winning trophies as well as Champions League football.
However the saga seems to be nearing a conclusion and the continuous spending by Tottenham can only hint had a cash injection of money to spend potentially from the transfer.
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