Former Tottenham Winger Gareth Bale Claims Dele Alli 'Could Play Wherever He Wants'

Callum Rice-Coates

​Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has heaped praise on Spurs' Dele Alli, claiming the midfielder "could play wherever he wants".

Alli has emerged as a key player and top performer for Bale's former club this season, scoring 16 league goals and providing five assists.  The Welshman has admitted to being impressed by Alli's performances, and backed the 21-year-old to be a regular at the top level in the future.

"In terms of his ability he could play wherever he wants," Bale said in an interview with ​the Metro. "He’s achieved so much in such a short period of time that he must have great confidence in his ability to affect games at a high level."

Alli has been linked with a big money move to Real Madrid, but Bale has revealed that it takes a certain type of player to adjust to a move abroad.

“I’ve loved being a part of a different culture and learning new things," he said. "You’ve just got to be open-minded and be prepared to learn a language and experience the unfamiliar.

Real Madrid CF v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga
Real Madrid CF v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

“But I also understand why some players are reluctant to move. At the end of the day footballers are people and like a lot of people they want to stay close to their family and friends.”

He added: " In football you never know what will happen but I am loving playing and living in Madrid — it’s an amazing city and a beautiful place to bring up our family. The weather is also perfect for golf!"


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