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Bale would flourish at Madrid – Redknapp


Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp (pictured) believes Gareth Bale would flourish at Real Madrid and rates the Welshman as the third best player on the planet behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old is attracting serious interest from the Spanish giants after a remarkable season for Spurs. One report yesterday suggested Madrid had agreed to pay £105million (€120m) for Bale – a deal which would smash the £80million (€92m) world record fee they paid for Ronaldo when he joined them from Manchester United four years ago.

While there are clearly still hurdles to overcome, Redknapp, who worked with Bale for four years as Spurs boss, believes the winger would shine in Spain.

"He is behind Messi and Ronaldo in terms of being the best player in the world," Redknapp said.

"He is at a good club but the opportunity to play for Real Madrid does not come along too often. He has probably dreamt about that since he was a little boy.

"It seems they have offered fantastic money so it could happen, but I don't know.

"If he goes there, he will be a great success there. I am sure of that."

Redknapp, now manager at QPR, helped transform Bale into the player he is today.

Originally a left-back with Southampton, Redknapp pushed him further forward and was at the helm when he won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award for the first time in 2011.

"He has been playing like that for three or four years," he said.

"There is nothing he can't do. He is an amazing player."