By Craig Scott

9th Jun, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United told to sign Gareth Bale by Harry Redknapp amid Real Madrid development

Harry Redknapp suggests Leeds United should “take a little gamble” this summer by signing Gareth Bale on a free transfer.

Bale, 32, is set to leave Real Madrid with his contract at the Bernabeu expiring at the end of June.

The former Tottenham star helped Wales qualify for the World Cup last week for the first time since 1958 and his next move should be to return to the Premier League, according to Redknapp.

Even though he’s injury-prone, used to earning a lot of money, has barely played any club football recently and is turning 33-years-old next month, Redknapp feels that a club like Leeds should make a move for Bale.

“I would take a gamble with him if I was in the Premier League,” said Redknapp on talkSPORT on Wednesday morning (8 June), as quoted by HITC.

“I think when he went to Tottenham, he didn’t really get the chance to play. He didn’t get a run. It seemed as though it wasn’t Jose [Mourinho]’s choice [to sign him].

“If I was an Everton or Leeds. Good clubs. That take gambles. I would take a little gamble on him. 

“The wages are a problem. But if he wants to play, then he’s not going to get £600k-a-week anymore. Them days are finished. He has had that. He doesn’t need it.

“I still think he can do it at the top level for another year.” 

Don’t be ridiculous

Has Redknapp given this any thought at all before opening his mouth?

Leeds don’t sign players in their 30s.

And with all the injury issues they’ve had at Elland Road in the last year or so, do you really think they’re going to go out there and sign a player who’s infamously had issues throughout his time at Real Madrid?

Bale played just seven times in all competitions in the 2022/23 season and three of those appearances were as a substitute.

He’s been done at Real Madrid for years but has stayed put there and rinsed them for all the money they’ve got with his ridiculous wages.

Bale has instead just decided to turn up for international duty with Wales every now and then and while he’s been fantastic for the Welsh side, we just don’t see how this signing would be good for Leeds United.

He’d be expensive, he’d be prone to injuries, he’d always have other priorities, he won’t be around for long due to his age and he hardly lit the Premier League alight in his loan spell back at Tottenham in 2020/21.

Of course, signing him would be massive as Bale is one of the superstars of the game in the last decade.

But it won’t happen and we don’t really want Leeds to be wasting their budget on him either.

In other Leeds United news, an official approach is set to be made soon for this Elland Road star.