Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has warned Gareth Bale about his possible move to the Spanish capital, banding it as ‘murder’, according to the Daily Mail.
The 33-year-old made the shock switch from Liverpool to the Bernabeu to be part Florentino Perez’s Los Galacticos in 2004, but admitted it was the: ‘hardest year of my life’.
In his autobiography, Owen spoke about his miserable personal life.
“The changes are huge. I underestimated that when I went to Real Madrid, certainly from a family point of view.
“For three-and-a-half months, Louise, Gemma and I were in a businessmen’s hotel where there were no parks for our daughter to run around as the legal system is so slow.
“We would put Gemma to bed at 7.30pm and had to tiptoe around in darkness – it was murder.
“When I arrived at the world’s most famous club, I knew I wanted to come home after one season. I missed the whole English package – even the rain.
“That feeling only intensified the longer I was in Spain.”
There are several similarities between Bale and Owen concerning the move to Los Blancos. The England forward was 24 when he joined Madrid, the same age as Bale, if he is to join this transfer window.
He had spent eight years at Liverpool before the move, whereas the Welshman has given six years of service to Tottenham.
Owen had his first child the year before he moved abroad, and Bale has just had his first, Alba Violet.
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