Tottenham transfers: ‘Gareth Bale would be an investment for Madrid’
Tottenham transfers: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes Gareth Bale would be "an investment"
Gareth Bale would be an “investment” for Real Madrid, according to the club’s president Florentino Perez.
The 23-year-old is one of the most sought-after players in Europe following an impressive campaign at Tottenham Hotspur which saw Bale score 21 Premier League goals.
The Wales international, who scooped the PFA player and young player of the year awards in April, has been linked with a switch to Barcelona, Manchester United and Madrid.
Perez famously signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a world-record £80m deal from Manchester United in 2009, and the Madrid president won’t be deterred by Spurs’ hefty price tag.
“He’s one of the big players out there in Europe and Real Madrid always likes big players,” Perez told Punto Pelota.
“I met Tottenham chairman Levy last year and he has an obligation to defend their interests.
“Regarding the figures spoken about Bale, players are neither cheap nor expensive, but an investment. Most expensive players are those that can be classified as an investment because, if they are very good, they produce a return.”
On Sunday, former Madrid winger Steve McManaman urged Bale to join Barcelona or Madrid after Tottenham failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“If he ever has the opportunity to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona I would never say ‘no’ to them,” McManaman told the Daily Mirror.
“I think sooner or later, whether it’s this year or next year, he needs to be playing against the best people in the world.
“He needs to be testing himself against the best players in the world because he is arguably one of the best players in the world on current form.”