Bale fee ‘incomprehensible’, says Zidane

Ex-Real Madrid and France star Zinedine Zidane has called the world record £86.3m transfer fee paid by the Spanish giants to take Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu ‘incomprehensible’, saying that no player should be worth that much money, reports ESPN.

The fee for Bale eclipsed the £80m spent by Real for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, and Zidane, whose 2001 move to Spain set a previous world transfer record, believes that the transfer fees that are now being paid are too high.

Asked if Bale was worth the money, he said: “You need to ask that question in a year’s time. Ten years ago, they bought me for €75m [£63m] and I said I wasn’t worth it. Today, I tend to say a player is not worth that.

Two clubs agree on a price and no-one is forcing the other to do anything. That’s football. Unfortunately, it’s incomprehensible with what’s happening today to pay so much.

Bale’s form for Tottenham last season saw him win both the PFA and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards and encouraged Real to make attempts to sign him. After weeks of negotiation the transfer was completed a day before the deadline, with the Welshman paraded in the Spanish capital soon after.

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