Hoddle: Bale won't move to Real

  • Last Updated: June 3 2013, 15:00 BST

Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale's need for balance off the pitch would rule out him leaving White Hart Lane for Real Madrid anytime soon.

Gareth Bale: Linked with a move away from Tottenham
Gareth Bale: Linked with a move away from Tottenham

Bale, 23, enjoyed another standout campaign for Spurs, despite not being able to drag them back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League and as such was voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association to add to his double Player and Young Player of the Season award from the Professional Footballers' Association.

Speculation has, though, been rife the Wales midfielder will be sold in a big money move this summer - with his representative Jonathan Barnett admitting it would be an "honour" to be have a club of Real Madrid's stature interested in Bale.

However, former England and Chelsea manager Hoddle - who enjoyed a successful playing career at White Hart Lane from 1975 to 1987 before returning as manager for a two-year spell in 2003 - believes Bale's strong family ties would, in the short-term at least, rule the Welshman out of a transfer abroad.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Hoddle said: "Personally I don't think Gareth Bale wants to leave yet, unless it was to one of the Manchester clubs. If he goes abroad he'll find it slightly difficult.

"He needs to be settled off the pitch and you get the feeling that he's had a new baby and I'm not sure if he's ready for that [a move abroad].

"When you're 27 or 28-years-old you might be ready and mature enough to settle. You have to be settled off the pitch before you get your form on it. It's a really big decision for him."

Madrid president Florentino Perez is a keen admirer of Bale, claiming the Welshman was "born" to play for the Spanish club.

Spurs, though, have long maintained their star man is not for sale, but that resolve could well be tested should Real Madrid come in with a substantial offer with figures up to £80million being touted.

Hoddle accepts every player has his price.

"I would presume that if Tottenham get an offer like that then no-one would blame them for taking it," he added.

"I don't think anyone could stay at any club for that amount of money.

"Tottenham have got a stadium to build as well and the money would come in handy for that, if that's the sum of money they are talking about."

Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in May 2007, but was also on the radar of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had signed Theo Walcott as a raw talent from the Saints academy.

Wenger admits he will always regret not pushing through his interest.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Sport, the Gunners boss said: "Yes [we looked into buying him], but we didn't take him because we had Ashley Cole and [Gael] Clichy and we didn't want to add another left-back, but I must honestly confess it was a huge mistake.

"[Bale is a special player] because he can play left midfield, but he struggled at the start and at some stage, the noises I heard, Tottenham were ready to sell him.

"But they moved him to left midfield and he did incredibly well."


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