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'Gareth Bale not ready to join Real'

Gareth Bale could become the world's first £85m player

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has told talkSPORT that Gareth Bale should not leave the Premier League for Real Madrid this summer.

Bale has been strongly linked with a move to the Liga giants amid reports that a €100 million offer is on the table.

Tottenham are thought to be reluctant to part company with their star player, who is reportedly open to a move to the Bernabeu.

Hoddle, though, believes the Wales international would benefit from staying at White Hart Lane, following his impressive form during the 2012-13 season.

He told talkSPORT: "It's a difficult one but if you're talking about the lad himself, I would definitely, if I was advising him, I would say he's not quite ready to go abroad.

"I think he's had a sensational year, for him to pick the reins up in that form would be nigh-on impossible straight away. I don't feel he's quite ready off the pitch to make that move."

Hoddle, who swapped north London for Monaco in 1987, added: "It's one thing setting a standard, it's keeping the standard which is the hardest thing, the consistency.

"My word how consistent he's been, he's been nine out of ten every game, some of the goals he's scored have been sensational.

"That's what people want to see in football, they pay good money and a lot of money nowadays to go and Real Madrid's fans will be purring at the thought of having possibly him and Ronaldo in the same team. They can go back and challenge the world again.

"When you go abroad the first four, five, six months could be difficult for him to regain that form and if his family are not with him 100% all those things come into it.

"I just sense that maybe he might go for the wrong reasons. If he wants to go just for football reasons I think it might be better in a year's time or maybe two years' time."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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