Bale warned against Real Madrid move by former Tottenham boss Pleat

Gareth Bale is too young to move to Real Madrid and runs the risk of failing outside the Premier League, former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat has told BBC Sport.

Bale has been strongly and persistently linked with a move to the Spanish giants and recent reports indicate Bale would like to speak with the La Liga club. But Pleat, who managed Spurs between 1986 and 1987 and then in a number of caretaker spells over a decade later when he was also director of football, feels Bale should stay in his current surroundings.

I doubt he’d find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas,” Pleat said. “One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time. I think he is young to go, but he might feel that, with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him.

I think it might be better if he stayed, continued to work and maybe next summer leave if that is his wish,” Pleat added.

Pleat’s words were echoed by Michael Owen, who spent a season playing for Real Madrid in 2004/05. “Any player going from over here to Spain, it’s a lot different to what you imagine,” Owen said.

It’s a slow pace of life. I was in a hotel for six months with a young child. It’s very difficult. You need to get a lot of things in order off the pitch. I’d be surprised if he went this year.

Bale scored 26 goals for Spurs last year and has 42 for the club altogether, coming in 146 league games. Bale’s form has sparked talk of a world record bid from Madrid but Pleat went on to say he doubts that even an offer of £100m would convince Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sell the Wales international.

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