Robbie Savage: “Bale Needs To Leave Spurs For Manchester United To Become A True Great”
Following in the footsteps of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is never going to the easiest of feats. The Welshman has won all that can be won on a domestic and continental level, including 12 Premier League's and two Champions League's. Having mustered over 1000 appearances for both club and country, it's no shock to see him labelled 'The Welsh Wizard'.
But, like every master, there must be an apprentice. Enter Tottenham Hotspur wideman Gareth Bale. His ability with the ball has seen the 23-year-old dubbed 'The Welsh Wizard MK:II' and it comes as no shock to see the Spurs ace mentioned in the same breath as that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, former United trainee, and current BBC pundit, Robbie Savage believes Bale needs to depart White Hart Lane if he is ever going to achieve true greatness.
“I think Gareth Bale is an unbelievable talent. He's got the world at his feet,” Savage said in an exclusive interview.
“I think to achieve greatness, he has to play at a team who are going to realistically contend for the Champions League and the Premier League. Will Spurs be that one day? I'm not so sure.
“I think to be put on a pedestal with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Paul Scholes, he has to play for the biggest clubs in the world and I think Spurs are a big club in the Premier League, but in terms of world status; you've got to look at United and I'd put Manchester City in that bracket now with the finances.
“Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, the Milan's - AC and Inter - Juventus; I think those teams, in terms of heritage and what they've achieved in history, they're huge clubs that achieve greatness and I think that he'll have to play at one of those clubs at a consistent basis for a long time to do that.”
The news is unlikely to sit well with supporters. The Wales international has become a crucial part of the side following a memorable season for the club, with Spurs, at times, dubbed a 'One Man Team' as a result of his exploits.
Interest across the continent is understandably high following a campaign that has seen Bale net 21 Premier League goals in their unsuccessful pursuit for a top four finish and, unsurprisingly, the Spurs man has been mooted with a potential switch to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the foreseeable future.
Whether he leaves this upcoming summer is another matter altogether, but while Spurs fans may be hesitant in admitting it; it's likely that Bale will have to leave White Hart Lane one day if he is to attain legend status within the game.