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Pundit explains why Newcastle is perfect next destination for Gareth Bale after Real Madrid departure

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Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders has told fellow Welshman Gareth Bale to link up with Newcastle next, following his Real Madrid exit.

Bale will soon become a free agent after Real Madrid’s decision not to give him a new contract at the Bernabeu. Despite suggestions the winger could retire, he is keen to continue playing ready for Wales’ appearance at the Qatar World Cup.

It’s no surprise that a few teams have been tipped to move for the 105-cap Wales international. After all, he is still a top player, despite having a troublesome time at Real in recent years.

Getafe president Angel Torres recently claimed to be in talks with Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett. But Bale brushed off such suggestions, saying: “I’m not going to Getafe, that’s for sure.”

Championship club Cardiff City are plotting an ambitious move for the 32-year-old, who was born and grew up in the city.

But the financial side will be very difficult. Bale took home £600,000 per week in Spain, more than all of Cardiff’s senior squad put together.

One club who certainly have the money to land Bale is Newcastle. They have the richest owners in world football after being taken over by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

The change in ownership has seen them complete impressive transfers, such as the ones for Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier.

Gareth Bale told to join Newcastle

Saunders, who found the net 24 times during 77 caps for Wales, thinks Bale should follow such players to St James’ Park.

During an appearance on talkSPORT, he said (via the Daily Mail): “If I could pick a club for him to go to now, I’d say sign for Newcastle.

“They’ve got a project; they’re going in the right direction – he would slot in.

“The fans right now in Newcastle, because I’ve been there and I worked there – and I realise how much they love the club – right now they could sell 80,000 season tickets.”

It certainly is an exciting period for Newcastle fans. They were in the relegation zone when the new owners came in but went on to finish 11th in the Premier League.

The Magpies’ ambitious new owners will want to get in the top 10 next season, before potentially qualifying for Europe in the future.

Therefore, Newcastle would give Bale a great reason to continue playing, even after the World Cup ends. He could shine for them in their first European campaign for over 10 years.

Plus, there will be no comparison between Newcastle and Cardiff’s prospective contract offers to Bale. Cardiff wouldn’t be able to get near the £100k-a-week mark, but this is no longer a problem for Newcastle.

Meanwhile, a report has given a big update on the future of Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi, with Newcastle in talks over his potential signing.