French football legend Zinedine Zidane has warned Tottenham Hotspur that they cannot stop Real Madrid from opening the bidding for Gareth Bale this summer even if they slap a giant 60 million-pound price tag on him.
Claiming that Bale can be the difference between a big club winning the league or the Champions League, Zidane, who is now Madrid's sporting director, said that Bale's youth, coupled with his high-performance season, can make him one of the most expensive players in the world if he decides to move, the Mirror reports.
The former World Player of the Year further said that the Spurs can demand a huge 40 million pounds, 50 million pounds, or even 60 million pounds for him, but that will not put off Real or many other teams, who can easily pay that sort of transfer fee.
Zidane, who moved to Madrid from Juventus for a world record 48 million pounds twelve years ago, said that every club is interested in Bale as they all are aware that they would be getting the best player in Europe this season who can still play at the top for another ten years.
Zidane further said that although he is a fan of the Welsh star's electric pace, he is more impressed by the fact that Bale has a brain to go with his footballing talents, which, he added, is very rare.
The report further said that Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan, Manchester City and champions Manchester United are all interested in Bale - even if Spurs finish in the top four.
However, Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas insisted last week that they are confident of keeping Bale who was crowned double Player of the Year by his fellow pros at the weekend after a season in which he has smashed a stunning 24 goals.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy also slapped a 45 million-pound valuation on his prize asset two weeks ago in a bid to ward off potential suitors, the report added. (ANI)