Tottenham’s much sought after striker Gareth Bale is not yet ready to make a move over to Spain and play for Real Madrid says ex-Spurs player Glen Hoddle, who like to see the winger remain at his old club.

Hoddle told the British daily tabloid newspaper the Sun:

“If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. And the only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City. He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham.”

As for playing in Spain, Hoddle added: “He is still young enough to secure a move abroad later in life when he could cope better with it.”

Just a few days ago Spurs manager Andres Villas-Boas said that he has been told by club chairman Daniel Levy that the Welshman was not for sale.

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay,” he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

“In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.

“There was a moment last season when Gareth came to me because he was not comfortable out on the pitch.

“I do not know if it was my response or that he was glad to relieve the stress, but after that he became confident and played with freedom.

“He felt important and finished the year in style.”