Rivaldo warns Gareth Bale he is "wasting his career" amid Tottenham struggles

Barcelona legend Rivaldo says he feels "sad" to see the extent to which Gareth Bale's abilities appear to be in decline.

The 31-year-old Welsh forward joined Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal in the summer in a move which was supposed to kick-start his career.

But so far things have not worked out at Spurs, and he looks almost certain to return to Madrid at the end of the campaign.

Speaking to Betfair, Rivaldo suggested that Bale himself is to blame for his lack of action in North London, and accused him of not working hard enough.

"After his situation at Real Madrid, it seems like Gareth Bale is having the same problems at Spurs after Jose Mourinho complained about the player's lack of commitment," Rivaldo said.

"It's sad to watch such a talented player wasting years of his professional career. Playing football is beautiful and we must enjoy it and dedicate ourselves to the maximum while it's still possible.

"If you fail to show commitment, you could regret it when your career is over. You'll feel that you didn't gave everything you could to become one of the best players on the planet. This is the problem Bale faces."

Rivaldo did, however, suggest that all is not lost for Bale, and that he still has an opportunity to turn things around before it is too late.

He added: "But there's still time for Bale to recover and get back to that enthusiastic player he was in his first spell at Tottenham and the early years at Madrid.

"My advice to him is to refocus and give everything while you're young enough. When the time for retirement comes you won't be able to roll back the years and may end up feeling regret."

Bale may well feature for Spurs as they take on Austrian side Wolfsberger in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.

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