Tottenham transfers: Madrid’s Zidane urges Bale to quit Spurs

Tottenham transfers: Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale should tell Spurs that he wants to leave if he wants a change

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Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals for Tottenham in 2012-13 Photo: Back Page Images

Zinedine Zidane has urged Gareth Bale to inform Tottenham Hotspur of his desire to leave if the Spurs winger has his heart set on a move to Los Blancos.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to the La Liga side after Andre Villas-Boas’ men missed out on a fourth-place finish on the final day of the season.

And Zidane, who is Madrid’s sporting director, reiterated that they would be willing to shell out a big fee to sign the PFA player and young player of the year.

“I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear – and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player,” Zidane told the Sunday People.

“But if Gareth feels now is the time to move then he has to have a private discussion with his club and express that he wants to leave.”

On Friday, former Spurs midfielder Luka Modrić encouraged Bale, who score 21 Premier League goals last season, to join the Croatian at Madrid.

“It is a complicated issue for me because I was at Tottenham with him. I can tell you that we’re friends and that he is an exceptional player,” Modrić told Marca.

“A club like Real Madrid, Tottenham or anyone else can only benefit from having a player like that.

“If he signs or not is a matter for the clubs, but if he ends up at Real Madrid that can only be good for us.

“As Real Madrid is a team of stars, Bale would fit perfectly. He would give us a different dimension. He can shoot, has strength and speed and is the type of player who could help us take a step forward.”

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