QPR boss Hughes tells Tottenham's Bale to reject Barcelona

QPR boss Mark Hughes has told Tottenham star Gareth Bale to resist Barcelona's overtures.

Former Manchester United striker Hughes, who signed for Barca in 1986 in a £2m deal when he was 22, believes Bale should wait.

He said: "He is still a young man - I think he still has a lot to achieve in the Premier League and I'm sure he is enjoying his football and his life in the Premier League at the moment. He has a huge profile and has no reason to go so young.

"He is playing at a good club that are challenging for honours. I think when he is asked the question he answers it honestly and says that in the future that is what he might like to do but I don't think he is anticipating moving any time soon.

"I went when I was young and it was probably a little bit too soon for me. Ideally if I had had the opportunity later I would have been more successful than I was. I think there is time for Gareth in the future if he thinks that is what he wants to do.

"I went when I wasn't married and didn't have any children and my life wasn't as settled as it would have been at 26, 27, 28 and that always helps when you have that support."

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