Gareth Bale’s form and quality mean it's almost inevitable he will leave Spurs - perhaps not this season, but eventually.
Gareth Bale has been one of the standout performers of the season and his form has been so high class, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have apparently been sniffing around over a possible big money transfer for the Welsh winger.
It is something which Spurs will initially fight because they want to retain the services of a key player, especially if they manage to hold off the competition for fourth place by the end of the season.
Spurs fans have very recent experience of having high quality players on their books before that player leaves for new adventures. The most recent example is that of Luka Modric, who coincidentally, joined Real Madrid.
And they may be able to delay the inevitable as they did with Modric the year prior when Chelsea came after him.
Recent other examples includes Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom Arsenal and Manchester United clung onto for an extra season after an intense summer of transfer speculation. Both eventually, Barcelona and Real Madrid both got their men.
Now each case is different, but like Fabregas and Ronaldo, Bale has hinted on more than one occasion at his intrigue at playing abroad in La Liga. You sense it's a curiosity he will eventually like to discover answers to.
Spurs may just have to accept that he’s going to leave at some stage, because Bale is turning into one of those special players, where you expect something amazing is going to happen any time he goes anywhere near the ball.
Football has been laced with examples throughout history where the big and established clubs get out their cheque books to guarantee these players will be signing for them instead of allowing lower profile teams to expand and get bigger.
It’s unfortunate that Spurs may have to think along these lines but they shouldn’t miss out when Bale leaves because as things stand, they hold every bit of the power in negotiations, and if they secure Champions League qualification they stand a strong chance of delaying his departure.
They could demand a whopping great fee if they wanted or they could demand high class players in exchange. Whoever doesn’t dance to the Spurs tune, won’t have any chance of signing Bale, up there as one of the best wingers in the world.
Such is Bale’s importance at Spurs right now, the club is playing with a small selection of out and out strikers because of the effectiveness of the winger’s performances.
Perhaps Spurs may squeeze another year out of him, maybe two or three, or maybe he really will jump ship this summer regardless.
With Real Madrid and Bayern Munich apparently in for him, let’s just enjoy him while we can.
Spurs fans, have you already accepted that he’ll one day leave?
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