Former Barcelona star Rivaldo believes Gareth Bale needs to take an emerging opportunity and join Newcastle United in a bid to reassume his status of a world-class player.

The Brazilian legend, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and the Champions League with Milan in 2003, has explained why a move to Newcastle in the Premier League would suit the former Tottenham Hotspur winger.

Madrid attempted to sell the Wales international last summer, only to find few suitors willing to take on his elevated wage demands. 

“I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end," the Brazilian told Betfair. "For that reason, leaving Real Madrid seems highly probable, and perhaps moving to the Premier League would be the best option for him now.

“Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money.

“It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it. At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign.”

Bale spent six years in the English top-flight with Tottenham before joining Real Madrid in 2013. Despite scoring more than 100 goals for Madrid and winning four Champions League titles at the Bernabeu, the Welsh forward has been persistently linked with a transfer exit over the past 12 months.