Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed that Zinedine Zidane will become the new Sporting Director at the club, which is likely to see a step up in attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, if not this summer then over the rest of his tenure.
That’s very bad news if you are a Tottenham Hotspur fan because it simply adds credibility to the links suggesting a Real Madrid move for Gareth Bale is still on the cards.
Zidane has made some very flattering comments about Bale in the recent past, which suggest that if there’s any chance he can help the Spanish club sign the Welsh winger then he will do so.
The praise was so flattering that the Frenchman said Bale was arguably the best player in the world, with a change up in speed which is seemingly effortless and frightening to the opposition.
“We want Zidane to lead the sporting project for the next four years. He will decide which players will be sold and who we will try to sign,” Perez told Cadena Ser.
How the saga unfolds remains to be seen because there is still a good chance that Tottenham will put together a very lucrative new deal to try and get Bale to stay at White Hart Lane.
However, the fact Zidane will have that control at his former club suggests that a bid for Gareth Bale is now just around the corner.
Spurs are very fortunate that they have Daniel Levy as their chairman who has never allowed Spurs to be on the end of a bad deal when it comes to players they own who are coveted by other clubs.
Zidane may just simply tell Real Madrid to pay whatever it takes to get Bale, which could push the fee close to the world record £80 million that the club paid for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
For the majority of his career Zidane always cut a very calm and shrewd sort of figure, which he is likely to take forward with him into this role at the Spanish club.
That’s something, which Bale could find very appealing about a move to Real Madrid because Zidane seems like the sort of person who would make the transition much easier.
Zidane was also part of the Real Madrid Galacticos side, which put Barcelona to the sword frequently before the Cataln club started to dominate the modern era of football.
Therefore, Zidance may brand a feeling or urgency onto the club to try and make the sort of big name signings that will close the gap to Barcelona in both a domestic sense and also in terms of the Champions League.
Either way a bid is on the cards, because Zidane has made it obvious how much he likes Bale. It’s just a case of whether Spurs can withhold for their own valuation or convince Bale to stay.
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