Tottenham set to hold off Real Madrid off Bale... this summer

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale was awarded the Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year by the PFA after an outstanding season at White Hart Lane.

Subsequently, his exceptional ability, coupled with his superb form and fitness, has attracted some suitors – most notably La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have suffered a disappointing season this term under Jose Mourinho who the club revealed will be departing from the Bernabeu this summer in search of a new challenge and the boss’ position will likely not be the only personnel change at the club before next season.

Madrid will strive to reinvest in quality additions to their squad this summer to compete with Barcelona in the Spanish top tier, along with reinforcements to add depth to the squad in the hope they can challenge the Bundesliga finalists, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League next term.

Gareth Bale was voted in a fan poll taken in the Spanish capital as the player Los Blancos fans would like to see arrive in Madrid above anyone else in the world. He is the man the fans have their heart set on and the club directors and executives, like Zinedine Zidane most notably, have been talking him up and putting pressure on Tottenham over the Welshman’s future.

This has been going on for a number of months now and, following Bale’s untimely revelation last week that would like to play abroad, Spurs have offered him a new contract worth a reported £175,000 a week, smashing their current wage structure in an attempt to tie him down.

However, this is unlikely to deter the likes of Real Madrid – in the history of football no other club has spent more money on player transfers than the Spanish giants, not even Manchester United who are also reportedly interested in securing Bale’s services.

These clubs operate like piranhas – they almost always get what they want, eventually. But developments over the past few days show that Tottenham Hotspur may just deny Real Madrid luring Gareth Bale away from White Hart Lane.

So, if not this summer will it be next? Bale is enjoying playing his football under Andre Villas-Boas but results will need to improve even further next season.

With the lure of the Champions League, if Tottenham can't reach it next season even £175,000 a week may not be enough to convince him to remain in North London beyond next summer.

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