Berbatov: This is what I really thought about Bale when I was at Tottenham
By Amir Mir
Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that he didn’t think Gareth Bale would go on to become the player he is today.
The Wales superstar is now regarded as one of the world’s most feared forwards following his £85million move from Spurs to Real Madrid in 2013.
The 27-year-old, who was a product of the Southampton academy, joined Tottenham as a teenager, but initially found it difficult to live up to the high expectations.
He struggled for a certain period of his time at White Hart Lane, but when he was moved to a more advanced attacking role by Harry Redknapp everything changed for the player.
Bale went on to score countless numbers of goals, helping his side into the Champions League, including scoring a stunning hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter Milan.
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Former Premier League forward, Berbatov, provided an honest verdict on what he really thought about Bale during his time at the club.
Here is Berbatov speaking about Bale on Goals on Sunday which aired on Sky Sports 1:
“If I say yes, I am going to lie,” Berbatov told Chris Kamara when asked whether he thought Bale would go on to become as good as he is today.
“Some people say, ‘I saw him back then, I found him basically’,” Berbatov added in a sarcastic manner.
“But he was training hard, he was a young boy, I think he was 17 back then – If nobody was paying attention to him back then, they are now.
“Someone paid attention to him to develop into what he is now, one of the best in the world. But back then he was still a young boy, not so broad and now he is like a machine.”
During his time at White Hart Lane, Bale played 203 games in all competitions, scoring 56 goals and supplying 58 assists.
During his final season at Tottenham, the Wales international scored 21 goals in 33 Premier League matches added with his nine assists.
Since moving to Madrid, Bale has gone on to lift two European Cups and the Spanish Cup – the latter he won in his debut season after his memorable solo goal against Barcelona in the final.
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