Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has had a tough season at the Spanish capital, being relegated to the bench for several important games and even being jeered off the pitch by his own supporters (GiveMeSport).
Reports indicate that this is likely Bale’s final season at the Spanish capital as he has been told by manager Zinedine Zidane that he is surplus to requirements (Marca).
The Welshman’s fall from grace at Madrid has been disappointing to see, given that he has helped the Los Blancos win four Champions League trophies in his six years at the club so far.
When at his best, the pacey left-footer was impossible to defend against both for Madrid and Spurs. At Tottenham, Bale was at his devastating best during the tenure of Andre Villas-Boas.
The Portuguese gaffer has now spoken in glowing terms about the player he formerly managed and suggested that there are very few players Madrid can find who will better him.
Speaking to Marca, Villas-Boas said, “I don’t know what market Madrid can operate in. There are good players out there, but there are few like Bale, that’s for sure.
“He’s a top player, but Madrid have the economic power to pull someone in – whoever in the world they want.”
The 41-year-old also suggested that while Bale is proven at the top level, he might not be a perfect fit for the system Zidane wishes to employ.
He added, “It’s been a hard time for him, but I can’t say much because I’m not aware of everything. “For me [at Spurs], he was a fundamental player and made a difference whenever we gave him a little more freedom.
“His CV speaks for itself, and he has impacted big finals [such as the Champions League and Copa del Rey]. I don’t know what will happen.
“It’s always difficult to adapt a system to a single player. I gave him complete freedom in a classic 4-4-2, but with Madrid, it’s all different, as is Spanish football.
“I don’t think it’s a lack of adaptation; he won things and he’s been a historical player for the club.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Leaving emotion completely out of the equation, Spurs shouldn’t sign Bale unless its a loan deal where Madrid heavily subsidise his wages.
There are other areas of the squad that are in more urgent need of upgrades and investing a considerable transfer fee on Bale could thus end up being counterproductive.
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