Gareth Bale urges British players to move abroad

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Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is enjoying his time in Spain.

The Welshman left Tottenham Hotspur for Real just over 12 months ago and the attacker has already settled in and won a UEFA Champions League trophy in the Spanish capital.

Bale’s $132 million move to Real meant he became just the sixth British player to turn out for the Spanish giants in their history, as the lack of Britons playing abroad in other European leagues continues to be a real head-scratcher.

In an interview with the Independent, Bale urged other British players to make the leap of playing abroad. 

“If you feel you’re going to play, then I would encourage a British player to go abroad,” Bale said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, the new culture, the new life. I felt like I wanted to challenge myself. It’s down to the player himself whether he can kick on.”

With so many youngsters being kept out of Premier League sides due to expensive foreign imports, maybe they should do the same themselves and head overseas?

The possibilities in Germany, France, Spain an Italy are endless, even though not everyone can become the most expensive signing in history and sign for Real. That said, there are plenty of options that British players have never really grasped. Look at the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips, Steven Caldwell, Lewis Neal, Luke Mulholland and several others Brits in Major League Soccer. Hasn’t a move overseas, to North America, helped their careers?