It would seem Gareth Bale’s intentions with regards to his future this summer are the world’s best kept secret because the bookies have given a massive hint that no one seems to have any good idea over what will happen.
Betting markets are always a very good indication of the direction a particular sport or player is heading in but with Gareth Bale, they don’t seem to have any idea, which only increases Spurs’ chances of keeping him for next season.
It's effectively a case of follow the money and as there doesn't seem to be anything tipping the scales towards him leaving, it's only natural to assume he's staying put.
The reason it’s a very good indication that Bale may stay at Spurs is because the bookies quite often try and funnel punters into specific markets where outcomes are more predictable which allows them to save money.
Bale’s future is one of the hottest topics in football at the moment and everyone seems to have a theory which makes it one of the most interesting topics in football at the moment.
Ladbrokes has laid on a variety of special markets which will more than likely be replicated across the market, which give various options over what Bale may actually do, but with nothing concrete.
There are odds for him to win a major trophy with Spurs (1.73), not to win one (evens), to be at the club by the start of September (1.91), to have moved by the start of September (1.91), to retain his PFA Award (3.50) and there is even a market for him to retire at the club (9.00).
The smart money has to go on him staying put, especially if Spurs finish in the top four by the end of the year.
This is something current manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he expects to happen because that would naturally provide Bale with the chance to compete against the best players in the Champions League.
There could be some massive upheaval going on at Real Madrid this summer, if Jose Mourinho leaves and certain high profile players try to follow him to the Premier League.
That would rule them out of the running and other than Manchester United, there is no other club Bale would probably agree to join in England and Sir Alex Ferguson is definitely not going to meet Tottenham’s valuation.
Spurs fans can take this news positively because if the bookies don’t know where to try and protect their money, there is every chance Bale will be at White Hart Lane for next season and beyond.
Which bet would you go with?
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