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Desailly: Time for Bale to leave Spurs

May 24, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former champions League and World Cup winner Marcel Desailly has said he believes the time is right for Gareth Bale to leave Tottenham because the club cannot offer him the chance to "play at a very high level".

Gareth Bale
PA PhotosBale has produced a string of outstanding performances for Spurs this season

Bale has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane throughout the campaign.

The 23-year-old Welshman has been one of the Premier League's outstanding players, and former Chelsea star Desailly is of the opinion that he needs to leave the North London club in order to fulfil his potential.

"He should go, he should just go. Tottenham will not give him the opportunity to play at a very high level," Desailly told BBC Sport Wales.

"There's no price for experience. I think it's the time for him to go."

Tottenham missed out on Champions League football next season when they were pipped to fourth place by Arsenal on Sunday.

And with Real Madrid linked with Bale, Desailly said he felt a move abroad would help.

"He needs to discover, as [David] Beckham has done, that an English guy or a Welsh guy has the capacity to export himself," the Frenchman, who also played for AC Milan, Marseille and Nantes, said.

"It's not a matter of money, because he has [money] where he is at Tottenham - it's just the experience: experience to play at a very high level at a club that has the culture of victory, a club that has trophies in the cupboard. Not one or two, but plenty.

"To experience playing with other big players, to be maybe a second choice. To face difficulty, a new language for his family. It's a real change of life and an approach to life as a human being and as a soccer player."