If Gareth Bale was going to leave Tottenham Hotspur for another English club, there is only one possible destination.
It’s looking more and more likely that Gareth Bale is going to stay put and stick with Tottenham Hotspur for at least another season, especially if they secure Champions League football for next year.
There have been rumours and stories bouncing around over who Bale could possibly join this summer, with the richest clubs in Europe being linked with moves to meet Spurs’ mega valuation of £100 million.
That seemingly counts almost every club out of the running but if Bale was thinking about leaving but staying in England then Manchester United could be his only conceivable destination.
He could easily choose to go to Manchester City or Chelsea for the money but he seems like the sort of player, and has the sort of character, that would force Sir Alex Ferguson in to going for him if he ever became available.
He would have a clear shot at playing in the United team where he has been at his most effective recently for Tottenham, playing in that number ten role.
The changing status of Wayne Rooney at United into more of an attacking midfielder means that Bale would be unopposed in terms of taking that slot behind Robin Van Persie.
It would also be very easy for Ferguson to talk him into a move over his role and his place in the side.
United have used several players in that changeable left midfield role this season, often selecting strikers who drift over to that side of the team to form a five man midfield when the side is under pressure.
That is something Bale does very naturally for Spurs and it’s something which would guarantee him a place in United’s starting team, regardless of the other high profile stars in the squad.
The chance to work with Ferguson would also be more appealing to him than working with any other manager.
There is no way that Roberto Mancini is going to be retained for the same length of time at Manchester City and Bale seems like the sort of player who thrives on consistency and having faith from his boss.
It would be impossible for him to forge that sort of relationship with his manager at Manchester City or Chelsea because they are both sides who will make cut throat decisions based on the immediate results of the team.
The guaranteed crack at success each season would also be very important in Bale’s decision.
United are the one constant throughout the history of the Premier League, who have been pushing for the title and other silverware. It’s always been teams competing against them as opposed to the other way round.
Bale looks set for a long career at Tottenham if they can keep him past the summer, but if they were ever going to sell him to a rival, it would be massively surprising if he didn’t end up at United.
Do you disagree? Would City or Chelsea have a better chance?
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