Gareth Bale is one of the world’s most exciting players and is being unappreciated at Real Madrid, says Peter Crouch.
Ever since completing a then-world record transfer of €100.8m from Tottenham in 2013, Bale has been dogged by frequent injury problems and inconsistency at the Spanish capital.
This season has been, perhaps, Bale’s most disappointing one to date as he had been expected to step up in an effort to help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a €112m transfer to Italian champions Juventus last summer.
And the Wales star’s problems have only grown ever since Zinedine Zidane returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in March.
Bale has since only started four times in the Frenchman’s 10 games back in charge and was left out of Real’s past two matchday squads.
Therefore, Crouch suggests Los Blancos have wasted Bale over the past six years and urged his old Spurs team-mate to return to north London.
The former Liverpool star reckons Bale and Harry Kane could form a lethal partnership at Spurs.
“Gareth Bale’s position at Real Madrid continues to confuse me and the misuse of such a talented player is ridiculous,” Crouch wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“We share the same agent and, as far as I know, he is determined to stick it out in Spain.
“Bale is happy living there and wants to force his way back into the team, regardless of the speculation that continues to follow him.
“But if he is not going to be used regularly next season, I would love to see him return to Spurs.
“I saw reports earlier this week of him going back to the club on loan, with a £10m loan fee suggested.
“I know how Daniel Levy operates and that certainly wouldn’t be the kind of deal he’d like to do!
“It would make a lot of sense, however. Could you imagine his searing pace alongside Harry Kane? I think it would pay a lot of dividends.
“He keeps being linked to Manchester United but I just don’t see that club suiting him at the minute
“When Gareth is fit and healthy, he is one of the most exciting players in the world.
“I hate seeing him sitting on the bench, without being appreciated.
“I’d love to see him back here reminding everyone just how good he is.”
Bale has managed 14 goals and six assists in 42 appearances for Real this season.