The Fulham defender has warned the in-form Wales international sensation that leaving the Premier League to join one of Europe's biggest clubs might not be in his best interestsJohn Arne Riise believes Tottenham star Gareth Bale should shun the lure of Europe's biggest sides in the summer, insisting the Welshman can fulfil his potential at the north London club.
The Fulham defender left home in Norway at 17 to fulfil his career ambition, but does not see any reason for Bale to leave Tottenham or the Premier League.
Riise, who will face Bale's side on Sunday at White Hart Lane, told The Sun why the Wales star should resist leaving Spurs.
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“The club seems to be going places, he is playing unbelievable football and he has his friends and family here.
“Moving abroad is a lonely business. When I was 17 I left Norway but I had to. The football there is not a high level.
“Going to Monaco was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
“But in my contract it was written that the club would pay for four members of my family to stay with me for two weeks out of every four," explained Riise, who subsequently signed for Liverpool in 2001 and then Roma in 2008.
“When I moved to Rome I was more mature. But they didn’t speak a word of English there.
“Only one player in the team did. The manager came up to me and just said ‘you play left’ — that was it. On the team bus I couldn’t speak to the other players.
“It was the same in the dressing room and all I would do is focus, focus, focus.
“Fans would come up and babble away and all I could do was nod my head and sign my autograph.
“Luckily I am mentally strong and got through it but it was difficult. Simple things become quite difficult with a big language barrier."