Rafael van der Vaart doesn’t think his old Spurs teammate is good enough for Real Madrid
Rafael van der Vaart has admitted his shock that Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham with him believing the player was not good enough for the Spanish giants.
The Dutchman played for two years alongside Bale in the Spurs side that challenged at the top of the Premier League and reached the quarter-final of the Champions League.
But despite the bond they once shared, it seems Van der Vaart has not let that affect his view on the Welshman’s £86m move to Real in the summer of 2013.
Bale had a good first season at the club as they won the Champions League and Copa del Rey, where he scored crucial goals in both games.
But he suffered a below par season last time out with him coming under fire from fans and press alike.
This season the Madrid star’s commitment to the cause has now been questioned after he played for Wales against Andorra after qualification had already been secured during the international break with him then picking up an injury.
He remains in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo – with Van der Vaart saying Bale is not on the same level.
“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Real Madrid. Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi. That’s another level,” he was quoted by the Mail as saying.
Van der Vaart, who now plays for Real Betis, knows what it takes to place for Real and added that he was shipped out.
“He (Jose Mourinho) told me they were going to sign [Mesut] Ozil and that it was best that I left for another team in England or wherever,” he said .