Bale is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, who are hoping to sign him in response to missing out on Neymar in an £85m deal. Real are pulling no punches trying to woo the Welshman with former player Zinedine Zidane talking him up, claiming the Tottenham star is in the same bracket as Ronaldo and Messi.
Whilst Real are favourites for Bale’s signature, Hoddle thinks a move abroad may be to early for the 23 year old and has advised him to remain in England. Hoddle is quoted in the Daily Star as saying:
“Personally, I don’t think Gareth Bale wants to leave yet – unless it was to one of the Manchester clubs.
“He’s had a new baby and I’m not sure if he’s ready for a move abroad. You have to be settled off the pitch before you get your form on it.”
Bale has frequently been linked to United and The Daily Star believe he is United’s second option if they fail to bring Ronaldo back from Madrid. But as seen in United’s apparent pursuit of Luka Modric, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to play hardball with United, still smarting at perceived injustices in United’s signings of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov.