Premier League Transfer News — 16 June 2013

Gareth Bale has been urged to leave Tottenham this summerFormer-French superstar Zinedine Zidane believes that Tottenham star Gareth Bale should leave to seek out new opportunities this summer.

The former-Real star and now sporting director of Los Blancos seems to be paving the way for a move to the Bernabeu, by asking the Spurs star to put in a transfer request.

Admiration

“I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear – and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player,” Zidane revealed in the Sunday People.

Real Madrid have been linked with a £85million move for the Welshman and he has emerged as one of the high-profile transfer targets this summer, alongside the likes of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

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Gareth Bale was at the top of his game last season, winning Premier League Player of the Year and almost single-handedly keeping Spurs in the race for the Champions League positions. Tottenham bid for Champions League football ended in failure, as arch-rivals Arsenal beat them to fourth place on the last day of the season.

The failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition has only intensified the speculation over the future of Bale, who has also been linked with a big money move to champions Manchester United.

Staying

I really cannot see Gareth Bale handing in a transfer request at Tottenham this summer. The Welshman seems settled both on and off the pitch. It does not seem like he wants to leave White Hart Lane.

However, in football you just never know what is going happen. Tottenham could not afford to turn down the mooted bid of £85million and I am sure a move to Real Madrid would be hard to turn down.

Will Gareth Bale be at Tottenham next season?

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