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Gareth Bale's bold move to Real Madrid is good news for all parties, says Jamie Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp admires Gareth Bale for stepping out of his comfort zone to play for Real Madrid.
Last Updated: 01/09/13 7:22pm
The Wales ace completed a world record £86m switch from Tottenham on Sunday and will now join Cristiano Ronaldo and a whole host of other star names in the Spanish giant's squad.
While Redknapp says the allure of playing for one of the world's biggest clubs would have attracted Bale to Madrid, he credits the forward for risking his reputation in La Liga.
"This is a brilliant opportunity for the boy and you can't deny someone this opportunity," said the Sky Sports expert.
"It's no surprise he's gone - Real Madrid have had their eye on him for a while - but I have so much admiration for him for doing it. A lot of great British players have not taken the opportunity to play abroad and were perhaps a bit scared to leave this country.
"But it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play for a club of Real Madrid's stature and now it's done it's up to Bale to go and deliver out there."
While Spurs fans may be disappointed to see last season's top scorer and talisman depart White Hart Lane, Redknapp is convinced club chairman Daniel Levy has acted smartly and negotiated a fantastic deal for the North London outfit.
And with Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue joining the Spurs ranks this summer the former Liverpool and England midfielder says Levy has worked well to off-set the loss of the PFA Player of the Year.
"Tottenham have been very clever," he said.
"They were always intending to sell Bale but they've said to Madrid 'let us get our players in we want to sign and once we've got them we'll give you Bale'.
"Levy is a bright man. If he went in with a war chest of £90m and went to buy Soldado, Capoue and so on, the selling clubs would say 'we know you've got £90m, we'll charge you whatever we like'.
"So he kept people guessing and no one really knew for certain they were going to sell Bale. It was a clever bit of business on Levy's part."
Redknapp reckons all parties involved are winners from the sale of Bale to Real Madrid - and says it will be intriguing to see how the 24-year-old combines with Los Blancos star Ronaldo.
"At Barcelona they have Neymar and Lionel Messi, now Madrid have Ronaldo and Bale. How the dynamics will work at the Bernabeu we'll have to wait and see but they should come together to form a formidable threat to any team they come up against.
"Of course there are still some question marks over Ronaldo's future, with him yet to extend his current contract, but Bale will be a great addition alongside the Portuguese."