Cristiano Ronaldo is more likely to leave Real Madrid before Gareth Bale, according to former Wales boss John Toshack.
Bale’s future in the Spanish capital has been in some doubt after he received plenty of criticism from fans and media last season for some under-par performances. Despite the fact the 25-year-old says he wants to stay, it hasn’t stopped reports suggesting Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to pounce to take him back to the Premier League.
But speaking to BBC Sport, Toshack said Bale is still settling in Spain and fans have yet to see the best of him. He added that Ronaldo is more likely to leave sooner that the former Spurs man.
“My own opinion is that we will probably see, for one reason or another, Cristiano move from Madrid before Gareth. You need time to adapt and obviously, for the money they paid for Bale and at the age that he is, he’s still got a lot to do,” he said.
He added: “I hope Gareth will get the opportunity to play in an area of the field where he can do most damage. I’m not so sure playing out wide is Gareth’s best position, but I think Cristiano has got a bit do with that. Ronaldo was always a right winger, but likes to play on the left side and I think Gareth suffers a bit for that.”