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Bale 'too young' for Real Madrid
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat believes Gareth Bale may be "a little bit young" to make a success of a potentially world record breaking move to Real Madrid.
The latest reports suggest Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has yet to submit a formal written offer for the 24-year-old, even though Bale's advisers have been keen to promote the notion that a €100m bid has already been submitted by the Spanish giants for the Welshman.
What has not been in dispute for some time has been Real Madrid's desire to sign Bale and with their interest now seemingly about to be converted into a huge offer, Pleat suggests the Tottenham star would be wise to ponder his options before accepting the challenge in Spain.
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"I think he's a little bit young to go abroad and I doubt he'd find it easy," Pleat told the BBC. "Many have failed when they have moved overseas. One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time.
"I think he is young to go, but he might feel that with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him. It might be better if he stayed, continued to work and maybe next summer leave if that is his wish."
Pleat managed Tottenham between 1986 and 1987 and his close dealings with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy during his spell as Director of Football at White Hart Lane allowed him to gain an insight into how the notoriously belligerent negotiator handles big transfers.
Yet he suspects that Levy's determination to hang onto Bale at all costs will be shattered if Real Madrid come up with the sort of offer that many suspect they are now preparing to submit.
"Regardless of whether the player wants to leave, the club are in the driving seat and Tottenham have always been very firm on this," he said. "If [a club] have strong and brave leadership, which they have at Tottenham, they have to resist any formal offer that comes in, which Tottenham are determined to do.
"If something shattering like £100m is put on the table, then I think even the resistance of Daniel Levy may have to give in, but I think even supporters would understand it for that money."