Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claims he always predicted that Gareth Bale would become the club's very own Cristiano Ronaldo, even if the Welshman had a difficult start to his career in London.
Redknapp admits Bale was 'too soft' during his formative days as a Spurs player, and it took some toughening up before he was able to reach the potential the club had bought when he arrived from Southampton.
Despite spending his early days with Spurs 'playing with his hair', Bale always had the confidence of his manager, and Redknapp knew that he was capable of becoming a White Hart Lane replica of Ronaldo.
This faith from the boss paid off spectacularly, with Bale's performances against Inter Milan in 2010 the youngster's zenith under the reign of Redknapp at Tottenham.
"I predicted he would be our Cristiano Ronaldo. And that's just what he was. I don't think I have ever seen one player terrify a team so completely as Bale did Inter Milan," Redknapp wrote in his new book, serialised by the Daily Mail.
"I felt sorry for their Brazilian right-back. It was embarrassing. By the end of it the fans were singing, 'Taxi for Maicon,' and I don't think his career has ever recovered."
Bale, of course, has since been granted the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, with the former Spurs star surpassing the Portuguese's world record transfer fee when he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
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