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Hoddle: Manchester not Madrid best for Bale

ESPN staff
June 28, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale would be better off heading for Manchester United or Manchester City should he leave White Hart Lane.

Bale's outstanding form last season - that saw him named the PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year - has resulted in the midfielder being linked with a number of Europe's top sides, including Liga giants Real Madrid.

But Hoddle, who made over 300 appearances for Spurs, feels the Wales international would be more suited to initially remaining in England, with United and City potential destinations.

Speaking at the Fans All Star global vote launch, the Sun quotes former Tottenham boss Hoddle as saying: "If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City.

"He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham."

Hoddle did, however, tip Bale, 23, to thrive in Europe after he has gained more experience, adding: "He is still young enough to secure a move abroad later in life when he could cope better with it."

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