Zidane calls for Bale to join Real Madrid “as soon as possible”
Real Madrid are still in the market for Gareth Bale, despite Tottenham Hotspur’s reluctance to sell their crown jewel this summer. According to reports the Spanish football giants are ready to break the bank for the coveted Welsh midfielder. Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane is keen on adding Bale to the team “as soon as possible”.
Speculation of Bale joining Real Madrid continues to mount; although no conclusive statements regarding the transfer process has been made from any side. Reportedly, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur sat at the table last week to discuss an offer that would break the transfer fee record.
Other suitors for Bale, including Manchester United, are closely watching Real Madrid’s progress. It appears as if Bale’s imminent departure from White Hart Lane might occur before the end of the season. Real Madrid are clearly the frontrunners for him, but Zinedine Zidane wants his club to take no chances and sign in the 24-year-old before it’s too late.
“We’re not going to give up on Bale,” Zidane said in an interview to Le 10 Sport. “It’s impossible to forget about a player of his quality. It’s only normal that Tottenham want him to sign a new contract but we’ve made it clear that he’s one of our main objectives.”
Zidane believes Tottenham Hotspur should allow Bale to join Real Madrid, since the Wales international has already expressed desire to move to the club. The Real Madrid legend claims big opportunities seldom come knocking at the door, but when they do its wise to welcome them.
“If Gareth has expressed a desire to join Madrid, then Tottenham should give him permission to speak with us,” Zidane added. “The chance to play for Real Madrid might only come around once in a player’s lifetime and it is understandable that Gareth doesn’t want to miss out on it.
“It is not unusual when a player knows that Real Madrid are interested in them that they get excited. There is nothing more prestigious for a player than to wear the white of Real Madrid.”
Zidane further said that Bale was one of the best players in the world, which is why he should join one of the most elite clubs in the world, Real Madrid. The former France international wants Bale to challenge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“Last season Gareth was on the same level as (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi and in modern football, you have to pay to get the best,” Zidane added. “The best players can have not so great games, but change a game with a moment of brilliance. Those are the sort of players that win you Champions League’s and League titles.
“He is already one of the finest player in Europe and he has everything needed to become the best player in the world. It is a bit of a cliché, but it is true you become a better player playing with better players.”