Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale isn't worth £100m, says Real Madrid legend Raul

Real's all-time top goalscorer admits that the Bale is a 'wonderful' player but claims Spurs overestimate his value

Gareth Bale is not worth £100m according to Real Madrid legend Raul after he claimed that Tottenham have overestimated the value of the winger.

Raul, who made over 740 appearances for the Spanish club and is their all-time top scorer with 323 goals, has said that Spurs’ asking price is too high, although he did accept that Bale is a great talent.

The striker now plays for Qatari side Al Sadd, and he has spoken to his club’s website over the potential world-record transfer.

"Bale is a wonderful player,” Raul admitted. “I understand the Real Madrid board is working hard to assemble the best team possible. But the price is too high.

"Tottenham overestimate the price of Bale."

Bale has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital throughout the summer after Real confirmed their interest in the Welshman early on.

The 24-year-old is yet to speak out over his future, although he has told chairman Daniel Levy that he would like to join the La Liga club in what the Real assistant coach Zinedine Zidane called a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has said little on the matter although his admission that talks were on-going over a move drew criticism from his opposite man Andre Villas-Boas, who claimed he shouldn’t have spoken about Bale while he is still contracted to the north Londoners.

Raul also spoke on whether his former club can have a serious challenge at Barcelona this season, having been a long way off the pace last campaign as the Catalan’s cruised to the La Liga title by 15 points over their bitter rivals.

"Jose Mourinho did a very good job with the team, Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in the world,” he added.

Real have already spent nearly £65m on improving the side, but any deal for Bale would take them significantly past the £100m mark as they look to regain the ground lost last season to Barcelona.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss