Former Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp says it will be hard for Gareth Bale to resist a move to Real Madrid.
It has been widely speculated that the Welshman is on the brink of a world record move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with the Madrid club boss, Carlo Ancelotti, suggesting that contract talks are in progress.
“I think it’ll be difficult for him not to go now,” QPR manager Redknapp told BBC Wales’ The Back Page Programme. “I think he wants to go if we’re truthful.
“He doesn’t want to say it, but I hear from different sources that he really wants to go now.”
Real are reportedly preparing a bid in the excess of the £80m paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to test Tottenham’s resolve on Bale, who reportedly is keen on moving to Madrid.
Redknapp believes the lure of playing for arguably the biggest club in the world is irresistible for any footballer and has predicted Bale will be a “huge success” if he completes the move.
“He’s been fantastic and behind (Lionel) Messi and Ronaldo he’s the best player in the world.
“You can’t ignore interest from Real Madrid and he’s probably dreamed of that as a little boy. It could happen but I’m not sure. If he goes there he would be a great success,” he said.
“He’s proved he can do it regularly every year and he can do everything, there’s nothing he can’t do, he’s an amazing player.”
According to the London Evening Standard, Bale, 24, will miss Spurs’ friendly against Monaco tomorrow because he wants to guard against injury which could put his move to Madrid at risk. He sat out the last three friendlies due to a muscle strain.
Bale, last season Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, joined Tottenham in a £10m deal from Southampton in 2007 and renewed his contract in 2012 which ties him to the London club till 2016.