Will Gareth Bale Leave Tottenham
Will Gareth Bale leave Tottenham in the summer? After such a stunning season for the London Club in the Premier League and in Europe last season, Welshman Gareth Bale was touted as one of the biggest potential transfer targets of the summer. Shortly after the close of the Premier League season, there were rumours of links to a big move to Spain to join up with Real Madrid, but with nothing concrete happening on the transfer front, things died down as Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas hoped that Bale would simply pledge his future to the White Hart Lane outfit.
But with Real Madrid under new management following the departure of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti may have another superstar on his hands alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Any potential deal could be helped along by ambassador Zinidane Zidane and with just around three weeks to go before the start of the new Premier League season, the rumour mills were sparked up again when Real Madrid supposedly came in with a world record bid of £86 million for Gareth Bale. This was a bid which was apparently rejected by Spurs and that reportedly, for the first time, produced hints that Bale was unhappy where he was.
Bale was reportedly disgruntled that Spurs wouldn’t consider the heavy bid from Real Madrid. It would be a move of a lifetime for Bale of course, but with Spurs flatly denying the massive bid for him, it could leave Bale, who has had six years at Tottenham, to become increasingly unsettled. Will the club that he has helped so much, stand in his way of bigger thing? The rumours are that Bale has had a lifelong dream of playing for Real Madrid, and that he just wants to play for them. So while the money from a Bale sale would definitely help out the Premier League club in bolstering their squad, they are reluctant to move their ace in the pack.
Tottenham have revealed that they are in talks with Bale about him signing a new contract with them, but are they preparing themselves to lose Bale? They have actively pushed for the signing of Spain international striker Roberto Soldado, as well as having brought in Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and winger Nacer Chadli. At the end of the day if Bale puts in a transfer request then the money supposedly being offered by Real Madrid may look a lot more tempting. Ironically, Spurs themselves could be pushing their biggest asset out of the door.
It is going to be a battle between Spurs and Real Madrid for the services of Bale. No-one else is going to have the kind of money that is being touted here and Spurs certainly wouldn’t ship him to a Premier League rival. But come the end of July, Real Madrid and Tottenham were priced as 5/6 joint favourites to be Bale’s club after the summer transfer window. Will Bale be setting the Bernabeu alight next season and perhaps even usurping Cristiano Ronaldo’s stardom there?