Brazil legend Rivaldo backs Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to complete Newcastle United move this summer


Brazil legend Rivaldo has urged Gareth Bale to swap Real Madrid for a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United this summer.

The 2002 World Cup winner believes Bale would be a great addition for the Magpies if they stay in the English top flight and help them rise through the ranks.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been backed to join Newcastle by Brazil legend Rivaldo

Bale, 32, has endured a tough time in the Spanish capital and has found himself mostly among the substitutes lately.

The Wales captain made a remarkable return to the Premier League in September 2020, joining former club Tottenham for seven years after leaving Spurs for Madrid in a club-record £86million deal at the time.

Rivaldo believes the time has come for Bale to leave permanently and end his career in England.

“It is now common knowledge that Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract runs out, having lost his place in the team for the past two seasons,” Rivaldo told Betfair.


Brazil legend Rivaldo backs Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to complete Newcastle United move this summer
Rivaldo insists it’s time for Wales international Bale to return to England

“Although he’s not as consistent as many would expect, he leaves the club with a bunch of titles after actively contributing for a lot of them and I remember well his goal on the bike in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool.”

With Los Blancos, Bale won Champions League times, winning two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

A move to Newcastle could be on the way should Bale decide a move to the northeast suits him, and Rivaldo believes it’s a good idea.

Brazil legend Rivaldo backs Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to complete Newcastle United move this summer
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“Now it’s time for a new challenge and there are a lot of rumours,” he said.

“I think he could even stay in Spain if a good offer arrives from a club with European ambitions, but the most likely scenario should be a to return to in England in a league he knows well, but which is also more demanding than any other.

“I certainly wouldn’t rule out a move to Newcastle as I think there is a chance they will convince him to return to the top level as one of the team’s stars next season, in this who will probably become a very interesting team.

“Anyway, at 32, he can still play for a while if he wants to follow in the footsteps of others like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thiago Silva or even myself,” Rivaldo added.

Brazil legend Rivaldo backs Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to complete Newcastle United move this summer
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