Owen, another who left Liverpool for the Spanish capital, advised Bale to go despite not enjoying his time there himself.
"I was the same age child at the time, where I didn't want to leave. I think he's in the same position as me really," said Owen.
"I obviously decided to leave. The temptation of that kit, that stadium, that badge, that history. Everything just felt like it was what I wanted to do.
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