West Bromwich Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu believes Gareth Bale is “one of the best players” he has ever played with and “his qualities speak for themselves.”
While the transfer window may have only closed a couple of days ago, there is already talk that there is a real possibility that Tottenham Hotspur could sign Bale on a permanent basis next summer.
The 31-year-old Wales captain left north London seven years ago to move to Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee at the time.
And he has remarkably returned to Spurs on loan from Madrid after completing a medical in the Spanish capital.
Both Bale and Robson-Kanu contributed to Wales’ charge to the semi-finals in Euro 2016.
Jose Mourinho’s side are unbeaten since suffering an opening day defeat to Everton, having scored 12 goals in four Premier League games so far.
West Brom welcome Tottenham to the Hawthorns in November, which means the Welshman may find himself facing his international teammate.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast correspondent Tom Ward, the 44-cap Wales international heaped praise on Bale for his professionalism.
“It’s always nice playing against an international teammate, and it’s great to see him back in the Premier League and I’m sure he will have a lot to give, but hopefully we can come out on top in that game.
“He’s certainly up there as one of the best players I’ve played with as his qualities speak for themselves.
“If you look at what he achieved during his time at Real Madrid, it’s probably not acknowledged enough, he wasn’t treated very well.
“He was extremely successful there, probably more successful than the other Galacticos who were there at the time.
“He is a top professional who really looks after the rest of the group, and as a senior player himself he now has the knowledge to impart to younger players as well.”
Last season, Bale scored two goals and supplied two assists in 16 La Liga games, whilst averaging 2.1 shots, 1.1 dribbles, and winning 1.8 aerials per game, via WhoScored.
The right winger has won two Spanish league titles and four Champions League trophies during his time at the Bernabeu Stadium.
Robson-Kanu announced his retirement from international football two years ago but reversed his decision in January after an incredible run of form for West Brom.
When asked by Football FanCast if he has any regrets over his decision to retire, he said:
“It was a big decision, I took some time away, which I felt I needed, but I’ve still got so much more to give!
“As one of the senior players, I still believe I can assist with the development of the younger players in the squad. I’ve definitely made the right decision.
“Who knows what will happen with the Euros next summer, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Robson-Kanu was speaking to Football FanCast as part of a three-part series. Check out part one here!
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