Napoli sporting director reveals turning down chance to sign Bale for €10m

Gareth Bale

Former Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale could have joined Napoli, according to Riccardo Bigon.

Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon has revealed that the Serie A side passed up the opportunity to sign former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale in 2010, Spanish paper AS report.

The Welsh international is currently enjoying a fruitful spell at Real Madrid, winning multiple trophies throughout 2014 and subsequently being linked with an astonishing big-money move to Manchester United – according to the Mirror.

He cost Los Blancos a hefty sum in the summer of 2013, yet now he appears to be worth every penny as he continues to terrorise Europe’s best defenders alongside Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale owes a lot to former boss Harry Redknapp and ex-club Tottenham for where he is today, but his present situation could have been so much different if events three years ago had taken different turn.

Revealing to reporters in the Italian press, Napoli sporting director Bigon reminisces the day the Serie A outfit opted against signing the Welsh wizard for what now seems a paltry €10 million sum.

"In 2010 I had just arrived at Napoli and we had a problem on the left wing. We needed a left-footed player and Bale was playing very little at Tottenham,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“We could have signed him, but it wasn't possible in the end.He was very young and we would have had to invest 10 million euros. It's a shame..."

For Napoli and current boss Rafa Benitez, it certainly is a shame as a player of Bale’s qualities can ultimately be the difference between winning Serie A and finishing behind title rivals Juventus.

This season, the 25-year-old former left-back has scored eight goals and assisted a further three in 14 La Liga starts.

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