Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has said that Paris Saint-Germain are not at the same level as that of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona, likening the French outfit to the extravagant Manchester City.
The Welsh footballer is strongly linked to a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with PSG also rumoured to be in line to seek the player’s signature this coming summer.
Spurs, who currently sit third in the Premier League table thanks to Bale's blistering form, have put the 23-year-old’s value to be in the proximity of £50 million. Given his astronomical price tag set by the north London club, one can expect only clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Madrid, Barcelona and PSG to compete in the transfer market for him.
The Welshman, though, has apparently no inclination towards signing for PSG and City. In an interview to French TV show Telefoot, the talented winger acknowledged PSG as a "great team", but feels that despite splashing the cash to land in multiple world class players, the French giants can still not count themselves amongst the Europe’s elite.
Bale also likened the Qatari-backed club to English champions Manchester City.
He said: "Yes, PSG is a great team. They brought great players last summer, even in January. This is a club to follow in the future, a bit like Manchester City. (But) they are still not at the level of great clubs. Not like Bayern, Real or Barcelona.
"I have grown up as a person and I hope to keep improving year after year.
"(Ryan) Giggs is the hero of my childhood. I watched him play as a kid. But today, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi are the players to watch."
Bale has scored 21 goals in 34 games in all competitions this term, and is many people’s favourite to run away with the PFA Player of the Year award next month. His admiration for Madrid and Barcelona and for Ronaldo and Messi might be an indication that the player is favouring a move to La Liga.
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