Rene Meulensteen: 'Gareth Bale nowhere near level of Cristiano Ronaldo'

Rene Meulensteen believes that Gareth Bale is "nowhere near" the level of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes that Gareth Bale has a long way to go before he can be considered in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Wales international is believed to be close to becoming the most expensive player in football history with an £86m switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid on the cards.

The fee will eclipse the £80m Madrid paid United for the services of Ronaldo in 2009, but Meulensteen, who worked closely with Ronaldo during his time at Old Trafford, believes that the Portugal captain is in a higher league than Bale.

"In my opinion, Bale is nowhere near on the same level, absolutely not," Meulensteen told The Telegraph. "Ronaldo is a far more complete player. Bale will still be important. He has time to settle in. It will make Real Madrid stronger, even more powerful."

Bale's proposed move is yet to be finalised, with just four days remaining in the transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale in action during a friendly match against Swindon on July 16, 2013
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