Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s ideal next club revealed by ESPN man amid Man Utd claims


GARETH BALE should join Paris St-Germain if he leaves Real Madrid this summer.

That’s according to ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who thinks Ligue 1’s lack of physicality means it is ‘the ideal destination’ for Bale.

The Welshman’s future in Madrid has been the subject of intense speculation for several months.

It is believed that Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane wants to offload him in the summer window, but his monster wages – reportedly £13m-a-season – could put any potential suitors off.

The likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and former club Tottenham have been tipped to sign Bale, yet Nicol insists a move to France would get the best out of him.

When asked where Bale should go if he leaves Real, Nicol told ESPN FC: “PSG, absolutely.

“Physically, the demands of Ligue 1 for him would not be [hard].

“Listen, La Liga isn’t that physical but it’s certainly more physical and I think you’re under pressure more often in games than La Liga than PSG ever will be in Ligue 1.

“That means he can play, he can rest and get himself ready for big games – i.e. the Champions League.”

Nicol’s transfer claim comes as:

  • Real Madrid target a second summer raid on Manchester United
  • Los Blancos fans want Bale out for his comments in their kit launch video
  • Tottenham tell Madrid one thing about Christian Eriksen after Eden Hazard’s move

“I think PSG would be the ideal destination for [Gareth Bale]”

Steve Nicol

He added: “So I think PSG would be the ideal destination for him.

“After that, I have no idea because nobody’s gonna pay what he wants.”

Bale joined Real in a then world-record £75m switch from Tottenham back in 2013.

He has picked up four Champions League titles and a La Liga crown in his six years at the Bernabeu, scoring some crucial goals along the way.

However, the winger has suffered around 22 injuries in his time in Spain – and Nicol doesn’t think his body would stand up to the intensity of the Premier League.

“He physically can’t survive the Premier League for a season,” he said.

“You’re not putting that amount of money into a guy who you know can’t play a full season.

“If playing in La Liga is tough for you physically, you can’t play in the Premier League for a season.”


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