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The Welshman has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past and with former team-mate Luka Modric urging him to move to Spain, is it time he left Spurs?

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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric became the latest observer to insist former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale has the potential to play at the highest level on Tuesday evening.

Following Croatia's 2-0 win over Wales, the playmaker claimed the former Southampton man is good enough to join him at the Bernabeu, a move which has been rumoured in the past.

Bale's former manager Harry Redknapp also recently described the 23-year-old as a "genuine world class" player, suggesting Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are only just ahead of him.

The Welshman has been absent from Europe's premier club tournament, the Champions League, since a one-season jaunt with Tottenham during the 2010-11 campaign.

Spurs face stiff competition from Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea for a top-four finish this season, making sealing a return to the big time a huge ask for the north London club.

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So, does Gareth Bale need to leave Tottenham to fulfil his potential? Or should he stay put at White Hart Lane to make sure he is on the team-sheet each week? Have your say by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below. You can also get in touch via Facebook and Twitter.

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