Former Wales boss Mark Hughes urges in-demand Gareth Bale to reject Barcelona advances

The 22-year-old winger has been told by his fellow countryman to bide his time before securing a big move because Tottenham is the right club for his development
Mark Hughes has warned Tottenham winger Gareth Bale that a move to current European champions Barcelona this summer would be premature.

The former Wales boss, himself just 22 when he earned a move to the Spanish heavyweights, feels that the winger has time on his side which he should take to develop further before making such a crucial decision involving his future.

The current QPR boss moved to Barca from Manchester United in a £2 million deal back in 1986 and had a largely forgettable spell at Camp Nou, scoring just four times in 28 games.

With Pep Guardiola rumoured to be eyeing up the possibility of a £35m package to bring Bale to Spain, Hughes encouraged his Welsh compatriot to consider his options and warned him that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.

He told reporters: "[Bale] is still a young man - I think he still has a lot to achieve in the Premier League and I'm sure he is enjoying his football and his life in the Premier League at the moment. He has a huge profile and has no reason to go [abroad] so young.

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"He is playing at a good club that are challenging for honours. I think when he is asked the question he answers it honestly and says that in the future that is what he might like to do but I don't think he is anticipating moving any time soon."

Hughes admits that he may have jumped ship too early in his career and lacked the support and maturity required to get by in another country at a young age, stressing that he does not want Bale to go down the same route.

"I went when I was young and it was probably a little bit too soon for me," said the Welshman. "Ideally if I had had the opportunity later I would have been more successful than I was. I think there is time for Gareth in the future if he thinks that is what he wants to do.

"I went when I wasn't married and didn't have any children and my life wasn't as settled as it would have been at 26, 27, 28 and that always helps when you have that support."