By FOX Sports Staff
Spurs are reaping the benefits of having moved early for the Welsh star as he has been simply sensational for them in the current campaign. The 23-year-old already has 15 Premier League goals to his name and is being tipped for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award by manager Andre Villas-Boas.
He was signed from Southampton for a mere £7 million back then and is currently worth several times that figure with recent speculation also linking him with a big-money move to Real Madrid.
Comolli was the chief scout at Tottenham and helped bring the likes of Bale, Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov to the club before leaving for Saint-Etienne.
And he confessed that Spurs were strongly of the opinion that the Red Devils would make a move to sign Bale.
"Our biggest concern was Manchester United," Comolli revealed to the Daily Express.
"Ryan Giggs used to call Gareth all the time because of the Welsh connection, telling him to come to United.
"All the clubs were on to Gareth and would go and see him. He was not a secret.
"We thought United would come in and we would have a battle on our hands.
"But they never moved. They didn't come in - which was good news for us."
Meanwhile, former Real president Felipe Calderon believes that the La Liga outfit have the financial resources to execute a huge summer transfer this year. Bale, in his opinion, would naturally attract the attention of the decision-makers at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"I think he [Bale] is a fantastic player. He is one of those players you would always like to have in your team,' Calderon told Talksport.
"It's true we have spent a lot of money in the last three or four years but I think we are in a position to pay the money they are going to ask for.
"There is always a limit but Real Madrid is in a very healthy situation, economically speaking, so it would be in the position to sign him.
"I'm sure it will be a high amount of money because he is a fantastic player. A lot of clubs would like to have him."
Bale will next be tasked with spearheading the Tottenham attack when Arsenal come visiting on Sunday night.