Bale has earned the right to play for the world's elite, claims former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder…
As one of the consensus top five players in world football, Gareth Bale has 'earned the chance' to prove the acclaim he has attracted by plying his trade at the very top, according to former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton, who believes that if the Premier League side reject a mega money bid from Real Madrid then the offer may not come again later in the summer, or next year.
'If there is a deal on the table then he has to be given the chance to go - he is being discussed as the best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has earned the chance to ply his business at the very top end,' said Anderton, 41, who - barring injuries - was a White Hart Lane mainstay between 1992 and 2004.
One of the primary goals of Tottenham has been to break the monopoly a number of clubs have had on the Champions League qualification places available to English sides and retain a spot in Europe themselves, however, Anderton - who won the League Cup with Spurs in 1999 - believes that the Champions League objective will unfortunately disappear should they sell Bale.
'It is sad for Spurs fans but these are the facts of life now,' he said to Sports Direct News. 'You never want to lose your best players and I honestly think that if Spurs are deadly serious about Champions League football they would have to keep him. But the reality is straightforward - the club is being confronted with what looks likely to be a world record fee and if Gareth wants to leave which I imagine he must be then that is - on balance - the right thing to do.'
Anderton reminisces over his own personal experiences, when he could have moved to Manchester United but did not do so immediately, thinking that the offer would be there again in the future. United did not return, though, and Anderton later represented Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and then Bournemouth.
'I'd hate to see Gareth make the mistake I did and would hate to see the opportunity pass him by. Who knows what is going to happen in the future? In my case it was injuries and I never got the chance to move into the real big time.'
While Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is regarded to be a shrewd negotiator, Anderton believes that any offer greater than £80 million is 'ridiculous'.
He concluded: 'In the matter of a month we've seen it go from a reported £50 million to nearly double that. I simply can't see how it's not going to happen. Yes Daniel is very, very tough operator but there's a breaking point where a player's value is met and perhaps even more is on offer.'
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