Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly unhappy with the way Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have handled the transfer saga involving Gareth Bale.
And the Frenchman has told the winger that the move to Madrid is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'.
The saga of the summer so far has been going on for a couple of months now with the Spanish giants desperate to add Bale to their lranks, but as of yet, they have failed to do so as every bid has been rejected by Tottenham and their chairman Daniel Levy.
However, it is thought that during emergency talks with Levy and the club, Bale has officially asked the club to leave, but doesn't want to hand in a formal transfer request as he does not want to upset Spurs fans.
Zidane knows that if Bale hands in a formal transfer request, he will get his move to Madrid a lot quicker and a lot smoother, but Bale has refused to do so, as he doesn't want to jeopardise his relationship with the North London club.
Speaking in Los Angeles, where Madrid are on pre-season duty, Zidane said:
"It is not unusual when a player knows that Real Madrid are interested in them that they get excited. There is nothing more prestigious for a player to wear the white of Real Madrid.
"If he has expressed a desire to join Madrid then Tottenham should give him permission to speak with us.
"The chance to play for Real Madrid might only come around once in a player's lifetime - and it is understandable that Gareth doesn't want to miss out on it."
He then went on to add: "This is modern football - you have to pay to get the best players in Europe. Last season Gareth was on the same level as Ronaldo and 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's and League titles.
"He is already one of the finest player in Europe and he has everything needed to become the best player in the world.
"It is a bit of a cliche - but it is true you become a better player playing with better players."
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