Former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Glenn Hoddle has told Gareth Bale to stay at White Hart Lane for at least one more season.
The Welsh winger is still just 23 years old and has a lot of time ahead of him to fulfil his ambition of playing at the very top of the European game.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are expected to make summer bids for the midfielder who could cost around £50million.
Bale suffered an ankle injury in Spurs’ home draw with Basel in the Europa League quarter final first leg on Thursday night and could miss the majority of the rest of the season with damaged ligaments.
Spurs have not won a game in which Bale has not scored since New Year’s Day and so boss Andre Villas-Boas will be desperate to get his main man back with the battle for a top four finish looking as if it will go down to the wire.
“If I was personally advising him, I’d say don’t move yet,” Hoddle told The Sun.
“When you go abroad, like when I moved to Monaco, you can’t just pick up the reins and carry on. He won’t be able to do that if he goes to Barcelona or Real Madrid — that would take some time.
“His family is the key to it because settling in off the pitch is just as important as on it.
“I think another year or couple of years and he’ll be ready, but if that cheque’s big enough I don’t think Tottenham will be able to turn it down.”