Former Wales and Manchester United star Mickey Thomas can't see Tottenham hanging onto Gareth Bale.

Thomas claimed it was inevitable Bale, whose White Hart Lane contract expires in 2015, would join Barcelona or Real Madrid in the near future.

"I've seen the best. I've seen Ronaldo, I've seen them all - he's on a par with them now," Thomas told the BBC.

"The only difference is they play for Barcelona with players like Messi and that - he's at Tottenham.

"Let me tell you, he will be at one of those clubs before too long. Those top teams… Barcelona and Real Madrid will be fighting for his signature, for sure."