A man who once played alongside the Welshman in north London believes there will be no Premier League return at St James’ Park

Gareth Bale is being tipped to remain in his current surroundings despite the transfer talk that continues to swirl around him, with Dimitar Berbatov admitting “you cannot compare Newcastle with Real Madrid”.

The Wales international has seen a move away from Santiago Bernabeu mooted for some time and a return to the Premier League for the former Tottenham forward is considered to be his best option, although a completely new challenge could be sought in MLS or China.

Berbatov admits that his ex-Spurs team-mate needs to find more regular game time from somewhere, but is not convinced that the 30-year-old will walk away from Madrid for the sake of it.

He is also less than convinced that Newcastle, who are the subject of a potential £300 million ($366m) takeover, can be the ones to lure Bale back to English football.

Berbatov told Betfair of a man he once played alongside in north London: “Every time Gareth Bale is mentioned it is a case of will he leave Real Madrid, will he stay, is he playing, is he scoring, is he playing golf, why is he playing golf?

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