After another dynamic performance from Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale, the intensity surrounding his future seems to be hotting up, but his career early on at the club wasn't quite so successful.
Already on 19 goals for the season in all competitions, seven more than his previous best, Bale just seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
Bale's Tottenham career didn't start in the best way, it took 25 attempts before he was finally on the winning side for Spurs in the Premier League, and an ankle ligament forced Gareth Bale to miss almost two thirds of his second season with the club.
Blighted by injuries and a poor start to his Tottenham career prompted speculation that Bale was to be sold in the next transfer window (January 2010).
A move to Birmingham City looked to be done and dusted but Bale who had signed a new 4 year deal the previous season stood firm and decided against a move to the Midlands and instead aiming to prove his worth at Tottenham.
It prompted the Daily Mail to run this now infamous online piece - describing him as a 'Spurs flop' on his way to an imminent move to Birmingham.
While figures upwards of £50 million are being discussed, in 2009 the Mail had claimed Tottenham could be willing to sell him for just £3 million. As shown by the headline pictured above, which also described him as a defender, illustrating how Redknapp was yet to harness his attacking talents.
Fortunately manager Harry Redknapp resisted the urge to sell, and it is proving to be an amazing footballing decision, as well as a potentially brilliant business one.
It wasn’t until halfway through the 09/10 season that Bale got a decent run of games after impressing in the FA Cup Third round tie against Peterborough. Bale ended the season very well picking up the Player of the Month award for April and scoring goals in some crucial game most notably in the North London derby against Arsenal.
This run of good helped Tottenham finish 4th and qualify for the Champions League. Bale was also rewarded with a new four year deal.
Bale has just over thee years left on his current deal (after signing a further 2 year extension in June 2012) but with the unstoppable form he is showing a high projected transfer fee will not deter the big boys.
With Real Madrid and Barcelona expected to come calling in the summer, the question is now can Tottenham hold on to their prized asset this time around?
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What do you remember about Bale's early Tottenham days?