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McManaman: Tottenham's Bale can thrive at Real Madrid

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman is backing Tottenham ace Gareth Bale to be a success in Spain.

Bale is in Madrid and could sign for Real today.

"It's a Champions League team. Gareth's playing arguably the best football of his career in this moment in time. If he does make the move it should be a very exciting move for him," said McManaman.

"If Gareth does go there, he'll thoroughly enjoy himself and have no problems on the pitch because he's a wonderful player."

He continued: "As we know, the Spanish capital city is a wonderful place to live, that's what I would say. I've still got a house in Spain - I'm actually going back to Spain this evening. I've been coming in and out of Spain."

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