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
Tuesday 20 August 2013
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.
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