Gareth Bale should “accept” an offer to join Newcastle United if the Magpies firm up their interest. The Real Madrid forward has been linked with a move to St James’ Park ahead of the Premier League outfit’s imminent takeover.
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Bale’s star has declined in the last couple of campaigns since his match-winning display in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool.
The 30-year-old has struggled for form and fitness, managing only three goals and two assists in 18 appearances this term.
He is about to enter the final two years of his contract at the Bernabeu and Real Madrid bosses are reportedly open to cashing in.
Newcastle, who look set to splash the cash if the takeover funded by Saudi cash gets the green light, are reportedly keen to bring the former Tottenham Hotspur winger back to the Premier League.
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And Brazil legend Rivaldo believes Bale should make the move for two reasons – it would provide him with the platform to re-establish himself as one of the world’s best players while avoiding a major drop in wages.
“Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money,” the former Barcelona superstar said.
“It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it.
“At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign.”
Bale, who saw a move to the Chinese Super League collapse last summer, has also been linked with a move to the United States of America.
Rivaldo, however, believes the Welshman has unfinished business on the continent.
“There are rumours that Gareth Bale is being offered to MLS clubs and that he is looking forward to a move to the US soon, but I still think he has something left to show in European football at 30-years-old, before moving to the MLS,” he told Betfair.
“I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end, as his chances in the starting 11 will be limited, especially with potential new arrivals this summer.
“The club no longer trusts him to be a decisive player after some internal problems in the last few years.
“For that reason, leaving Real Madrid seems highly probable, but I suppose he should continue in Europe for at least two/three more years and perhaps moving to the Premier League would be the best option for him now.”
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