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.
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.
Most read on talkSPORT
From Chunk to Hunk: O’Hara reveals ripped new physique ahead of boxing match
Conte’s explosive interview is a ‘statement of regret’ and ‘he’s covering his back’
Referee who officiated Tyson blown away by Khan fight that ‘had it all’
Pogba ‘ready to listen’ to offers from PL clubs when Man United contract expires
Floyd Mayweather Responds to Logan Paul’s Claims He Won’t Pay Him
‘I can’t believe this is happening again’ – Ricciardo on Hamilton v Verstappen
“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.
“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.
Betting offer of the day
Bet365: Bet €10 Get €50 Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE
Minimum deposit requirement. Free bets are paid out as bet credits and can be used when settling qualifying bets. Minimum odds, betting and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude wagering bet credits. Deadlines and terms and conditions apply 18+ Begambleaware.org