‘I think Bale wants to go’

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Gareth Bale wants to and will leave the club this summer to join Real Madrid.

The Spanish capital outfit have been pursuing the 24-year-old this summer, even as reports place Spurs as pushing for a world record transfer fee upwards of €100m.

For Bale’s former manager at White Hart Lane, the opportunity to move to the Santiago Bernabeu is one the Welshman won’t be turning down.

“I think it'll be difficult for him not to go now. I think he wants to go if we're truthful,” Redknapp commented to BBC Wales’ The Backpage programme.

“He doesn't want to say it, but I hear from different sources that he really wants to go now.

“When you're a kid and you start playing football you dream about playing for Real Madrid.

“When I was a kid I saw that great team of Ferenc Puskas, Francisco Ento, Alfredo Di Stefano.

“Real Madrid is a special club. The chance to run out at the Bernabeu only comes once in a lifetime, as [Zinedine] Zidane said the other day, you can't not take it.”

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