Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale can cope with the expectation of a move to Real Madrid, according to Wales coach John Hartson.
The 24-year-old continues to make the headlines as the Spanish giants pursue a possible world-record transfer for the Spurs star, with many expecting him to complete a move to the Bernabeu this summer.
And despite the likes of Glenn Hoddle claiming the Welshman isn't ready to make the switch to the Galacticos, Hartson feels Bale has the right attitude to deal with the pressure and expectation a big-money transfer would bring.
"It wouldn't be an issue for Gareth," he said.
"He's very level headed, his feet are firmly on the ground."
Hartson, who works with Bale during international duty, has first-hand experience at dealing with the star, and believes a move wouldn't faze him, praising the support he has from those around him.
"I get to see him close up, obviously, working with him with the Welsh national team. He comes along to the squad and he works like all the other players, he gets his head down," explained Hartson.
"He's got a great family. He doesn't come with a big entourage.
"He's got his agent, he's got his advisers and he's a really down-to-earth, level-headed lad and I think whatever Gareth does I'm sure he would have thought long and hard about it."
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti today confirmed talks were ongoing with Spurs over a deal for Bale, although Tottenham have continued to express that he is not for sale.
Meanwhile former Madrid striker Roberto Soldado, has left Spanish club Valencia after Tottenham agreed a £26 million deal to bring him to White Hart Lane.
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