Real Madrid's Gareth Bale says Spurs star Dele Alli is good enough to play for the best teams in the world

tom collomosse

Gareth Bale believes Tottenham star Dele Alli is good enough to play for the best teams in the world.

Alli, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is one of the brightest young stars in world football. He has 19 goals in all competitions for Spurs, an outstanding return for a midfielder.

Bale broke the world transfer record when he left White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid for £86million in summer 2013. He won the Champions League in his first season in Spain – scoring the crucial second goal in extra-time as Real beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final – and did so again last term.

Asked about Alli’s progress, Bale said: “In terms of his ability, he could play wherever he wants. He has achieved so much in a short time that he must have great confidence in his ability to affect games at a high level.”

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Bale had a stellar final season at Tottenham, scoring 26 goals, but it was not enough to keep him in England. Manchester United were prepared to outbid Madrid for Bale, but the Wales international had set his heart on Madrid. The 26-year-old’s success in Spain strengthens his belief that other players should follow him to Europe.

Bale told Metro: “I’ve loved being part of a different culture and learning new things. You’ve just got to be open-minded and be prepared to learn a language and experience the unfamiliar.

“But I also understand why some players are reluctant to move. Like a lot of people, some footballers want to stay close to friends and family.”