Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has stuck the boot into Gareth Bale and insisted the Welsh wizard has been a let down at the Spanish giants.

Bale is closing in on a £20m return to Tottenham after seeing his relationship with Real boss Zinedine Zidane disintegrate.

The 31-year-old joined Real from Spurs in 2013 in a stunning £85m deal that was a world record at the time.

He went on to help them win the Champions League four times and has scored over 100 goals.

But despite his success, Calderon believes Bale has been disappointing and will always live in the shadow of Real legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gareth Bale looks to have played his final match for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale looks to have played his final match for Real Madrid

He said: "I think it's been a pity. He came with the handicap that we paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo and that meant that he was under scrutiny all the time.

"They were thinking that he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and on top of that he had many injuries and he was unlucky.

"It happens so many times that a player who is successful in one club is not in another one. I don't know, really it hasn't been a successful signing, which is a pity because, as I say, the player is a very good player."

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Calderon is confident Spurs and Bale will strike a deal and he added: "I think it will go ahead.

"This is a different deal, a different club. For a player like him, being 31, I think he needs to play in a competitive league. He wants to feel the important player that he is.

"I think it's the best option for everyone and for Tottenham, I think they are lucky having a player like Gareth Bale. People loved him there so I think this is the real time when he will leave and he will be playing for Tottenham."