Bale lifts lid on Harry future thoughts

Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale claims he 'wouldn't blame' Harry Redknapp if he left to take on the England job, but he is confident Tottenham will cope.

The 22-year-old Wales international winger has spoken out on the possibility of his current boss at White Hart Lane departing the club at the end of the season as he currently remains the firm favourite to replace Fabio Capello on a long-term basis.

And, while Bale would obviously prefer it if Redknapp stayed on with the north Londoners beyond this term, he feels it is an opportunity that he could not afford to pass up.

Bale told The Sun: “We all want Harry to stay but he is a great manager and if England do come calling it’s one of those lifetime opportunities that you just can’t turn down.

“I wouldn’t blame him for going, can you really? You never know if that opportunity will ever come around again.”

On life at Spurs if Redknapp did depart, Bale added: “Harry’s a fantastic manager who can handle high-calibre players and expectations at the club. If we get a manager like that I dare say it won’t make too much difference.”

Bale’s own future has also been the subject of conjecture as the summer transfer window looms on the horizon as it is being reported that some of Europe’s big guns could come calling for his signature.

And, while the former Southampton starlet is fully focused on helping Spurs qualify for the Champions League and secure the FA Cup this season, he would also not rule out a possible future move.

“If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it’s a bit like Harry and England, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime dream,” he said.

“If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down? Probably not.”

He added: “If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.

“But that has not happened so, at the moment, I’m just concentrating on Tottenham.”