Rafael van der Vaart has urged his former team-mate Gareth Bale to consider a return to the Premier League this summer.
Earlier in the month, it arose that Real president Florentino Perez has lowered Bale’s asking price from €150m to €120m as interest from sides in England gathered.
The Welsh winger has long been linked with a return to the Premier League, and rumours have intensified due to Bale having failed to establish himself since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Reports have even linked Bale with a sensational move back to Tottenham, which would see Christian Eriksen move the other way, while Man Utd have also been constantly mentioned as a possible destination.
Now, Van der Vaart – who played with Bale at Spurs – has opened up on the rumours surrounding Bale.
“I am a little surprised at what is happening at Real Madrid with Gareth Bale,” he told Cadena Ser.
“He is a very good player, he is not Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi, he is not a regular, he always plays well and there is more pressure than at Tottenham. I think that’s a problem for him.
“Going to succeed in another place? It may be best but I think he wants to stay at Real Madrid and play more.
“But a team like United or a return to Tottenham could be better for him because people in England are different to those in Spain.”