Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Iago Falque says Gareth Bale would likely be a huge success at Real Madrid but that the Spanish giants face tough negotiations with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Bale, 24, has reportedly set his heart on a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with widespread talk a world-record move could take place in the near future.
Former Spain Under-21 midfielder Falque, who joined Tottenham after spells in the youth systems at both Barcelona and Juventus, told Cadena SER radio show El Larguero on Monday evening that Bale had both the talent and the hunger to achieve great things with the Spanish giants.
“He has all the qualities in the world to be a success,” Falque said. “It will depend on how he adapts and other things, but he has everything to triumph at Real Madrid. Also, he has a lot of hunger, because he has still not won a Ballon d’Or and these players in the end do not stop being ambitious. If he goes to Spain, it must be to Madrid because his style of play would fit in perfectly, much more than at Barca.”
Falque believes the former Southampton player is among the world’s very best.
“When I arrived at Tottenham, Bale was already a good player, but in these last two years he has improved a lot, above all as a goal-scorer,” the 23-year-old said. “I believe that, currently, the best player in the world is Messi, but Bale is surely among the five best.”
Many observers have wondered at the reasoning behind Madrid president Florentino Perez’s apparent willingness to break the transfer record to sign a player who has yet to win a major tournament and has just one season's Champions League experience.
Talks between Spurs and Madrid are reported to be deadlocked at present, with Spurs chairman Levy renowned for driving a hard bargain for his stars.
Falque, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Almeria and played regularly as the Andalucian club gained promotion from Spain’s Segunda Division, said: “It has never been easy for my agents to negotiate with Daniel Levy.
“Levy believes that Bale is worth this money. He always puts high prices [on players]. The club does not need to sell Bale for economic reasons.”