Hoddle and Ardiles give their views on the Welshman’s future.
Legendary Tottenham Hotspur former players and managers Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles have said that Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid would be bad for the winger and Spurs.
In an exclusive interview with fanatix the midfield pair – who won back-to-back FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in the 1980s at White Hart Lane – share a similar view on where Bale’s future should lie.
“It’s super important Spurs hold onto Bale. He had a great year – Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year,” Ardiles said.
“If he goes they will suffer, it’s not easy to replace him.”
Ex-England boss Hoddle agrees with his former teammate’s sentiments, but is a bit more optimistic about what a huge fee for the Wales international would do for Tottenham.
“[If Spurs received an £80m plus bid for Bale] The club will want to sell him of course. With a stadium they’ve got to build that’s the key to it,” the 55-year-old told fanatix.
“The balance between building the stadium and building the team, like Arsenal had to do six years ago, is always a difficult one and the revenue of something like £80m coming in, they’re going to take it.”
Hoddle is not so sure the move would be quite as fruitful for Bale however and whether the Welshman would be able to produce the same form in Spain.
“But on the football side I’d say stay and enjoy what he’s enjoyed this year, because it’s very difficult to play like that consistently so enjoy it while you can.
“I think if he goes abroad he’ll find it hard to just pick the reigns up and play like that again.”
Between Hoddle and Ardiles they played 22 years in north London and are both in the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.
However, whether the latest potential candidate for the Hall of Fame will agree with these former greats and stay at the Lane is unknown, with the lure of Madrid often too much to resist for many players – just ask Luka Modric.
Yet with a season that consisted of 26 goals and 15 assists in 44 games for the 23-year-old, Spurs will be doing all they can to keep hold of their talisman.
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