Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Gareth Bale is no Lionel Messi – yet.
The Tottenham star is being hailed as one of the world’s very best players given his impressive current form and is being talked about alongside the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Wenger claims people need to be aware of getting too carried away and says the Welshman, who scored twice in Spurs’ 2-1 Europa League win over Lyon on Thursday night, still has some way to go before comparisons can be made with the La Liga superstars.
The Frenchman said: "Bale has the potential to develop and become [like] the players you compare him to.
"However, Messi has won two or three Champions League [titles], a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let's not go too quick.
"You are always very quick here [in England], but let's slow down a little bit."
Wenger also claims he doesn’t regret missing out on Bale when he left Southampton for the white and blue half of north London.
"It was Walcott and Bale, and we were at some stage on (about) taking the two if possible, but we could get Walcott and I am very happy we got him," he added.
"If I tell you the number of players we did not sign who we should have signed, you would be amazed, but it is the same for every single club, you miss players."