Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has named Spurs star Gareth Bale as the best player he’s ever managed, in an interview with Off The Ball.
The ex-West Ham manager has worked with some fantastic players over the years including Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric and Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer Frank Lampard, but he believes Bale was better than either of those.
The ex-Spurs manager was asked to single out the best player he’d ever coached, and he didn’t hesitate when choosing Bale.
“Gareth had a spell, Gareth Bale when I was at Tottenham with him where he was just unplayable,” Redknapp said.
“He had that spell you know where we went to Milan and he destroyed Maicon both home and away.
“Both games he absolutely murdered him.”
It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that Redknapp believes Bale is the best player he’s ever worked with.
The Welshman was quite clearly Tottenham’s best player in the early 2010s, winning two PFA Player of the Year awards and earning a world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
Since then he’s continued to prove his quality, winning four Champions League titles over in Spain.
These comments also bode well for Spurs’ current season.
Bale is back at the north London club, and while he has had his problems in Madrid in recent years, it’s great to hear that he’s a joy to manage when he’s in the right mindset.
The winger was undoubtedly spectacular under Redknapp, but whether he can produce the same type of performances under Mourinho remains to be seen.
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