Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said Tottenham Hotspur should allow their Welsh winger Gareth Bale to speak with the Spanish giants over a potential move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale, who has three years left in his current contract, has always dreamt of playing for the Madrid club and would want to explore their interest as it has been reported that the Los Merengues are willing to offer a world record £85m for the winger.
“It is not unusual when a player knows that Real Madrid are interested that they get excited,” the Real Madrid legend Zidane said.
“There is nothing more prestigious for a player than to wear the white of Real Madrid.”
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has insisted the winger, who scored 26 goals for the club last season, is not leaving White Hart Lane and said talks about a new deal are ongoing.
Spanish daily newspaper Marca claims Spurs are demanding a fee of €145m (£125m) for Bale, whose award-winning performance in the 2012/13 season aroused interests from top European clubs.
Zidane made more than 200 appearances for Los Blancos in his Galacticos days, spanning from 2001 to 2006 and understands what it means to be a top target for the Madrid giants.
He added: “If he has expressed a desire to join Madrid then Tottenham should give him permission to speak with us. The chance to play for Real might only come around once in a player’s lifetime and it is understandable that Gareth doesn’t want to miss out.”
Real are yet to submit a formal written offer but such could come up soon, and when it does, it is expected to be “crazy money,” which has been the recent trend in players’ dealings.
Former Les Blues midfielder Zidane claims Bale was “on the same level” as Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for £80m in 2009 and Lionel Messi, the highest paid footballer in the world.
“Gareth id already one of the finest players in Europe and has everything needed to become the best player in the world. It is a bit of a cliché but it is true you becomea better player playing with better players,” said Zidane.