Bale: Paris Saint-Germain are a great club, but don't compare to Real Madrid and Barcelona

The Tottenham star compared the Ligue 1 outfit to big-spending Premier League champions Manchester City, insisting they are not at the level of the Liga giants
Tottenham star Gareth Bale has insisted that while he believes Paris Saint-Germain are one of Europe's great clubs, they do not compare with La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid - teams he has been strongly linked with recently.

The 23-year-old Wales winger has been in scintillating form for Spurs this season, scoring 21 goals in 34 appearances to leave Andre Villas-Boas' side third in the Premier League and on the verge of the Europa League quarter-finals.

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While PSG are one of the few clubs with enough money to entertain a summer bid for the star, Bale's latest comments suggest that if he were to move then Ligue 1 is an unlikely destination, with Spain or Germany a more attractive prospect.

"PSG are a great team," he told French TV show Telefoot. "They have signed great players. They're a team to follow, a bit like Manchester City. [But] they are still not at the level of great clubs. Not like Bayern [Munich], Real [Madrid] or Barcelona.

"I grow up as a person and I hope to improve year after year. [Ryan] Giggs is the hero of my childhood. I watched him play as a kid. But today, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi are the references."

Former Tottenham director Damien Comolli believes the French side will do what they can to tempt Bale to France, but suspects he will remain at Spurs for the time being due to his price and chairman Daniel Levy's operating tactics.

"I think that if PSG is aware that the player is on the market, I won't be surprised that they do everything in their power to sign him," he told Telefoot.

"But today, there is a 90 per cent chance that he will stay at Spurs. I know the president [chairman] of Spurs and how he works. Only three or four clubs can afford [Bale] right now."