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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Bale advised to consider Manchester

Andre Villas-Boas speaks out over Gareth Bale, insisting to Spanish media that the in-demand Welshman will remain at Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale would be better off heading for Manchester, rather than moving abroad, should he leave White Hart Lane.

Bale's outstanding form last season, which saw the 23-year-old named PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year, has resulted in him being linked with a number of Europe's top sides, including Real Madrid.

But Hoddle, who made over 300 appearances for Spurs, feels the Wales international midfielder would be better advised to remain in England, at least initially, with Manchester United and Manchester City potential destinations.

The Sun reported Hoddle, speaking at the Fans' All Star global vote launch, as saying: "If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City.

“He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham."

Hoddle did, however, tip Bale to thrive in Europe after he has gained more experience, adding: "He is still young enough to secure a move abroad later in life when he could cope better with it.”

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