Last night with my usual sporadic perusing of Twitter I saw the name François Gallardo was trending.
François Gallardo? I poised that question to myself. Where have I heard that name before. It certainly ringed resonance enough for me to click on his name and see what all the fuss was about.
Well now I remember who he is.
He is a football agent registered with FIFA who seems to have an inside track on the future of Tottenham’s star player Gareth Bale.
Speaking to Radio Interecomia of Catalonia this is what Gallardo had to say about the Welsh wizard:
"Real Madrid has signed Bale for 90 million euros. The signing is closed from this week but Real Madrid wait to make it official to have a new coach announced. I have information and I assure you that Gareth Bale is already player of Real Madrid " .
That is pretty devastating news for Spurs fans.
Andy why wouldn’t Real be willing to splash out on the player.
He has been in sensational form this campaign winning both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards after his performances under Andre Villas Boas saw him rated as the best of the rest; behind Messi and Ronaldo that is.
So much so that Gallardo says Real will be signing him.
And Gallardo is a FIFA registered agent so who are we to question him?
But why would an agents name stick in my mind so much; now I remember why.
He has a habit of saying things that do not actually come to pass.
Such as Didier Drogba signing for Barcelona or John Terry signing for Valencia.
Plus FIFA do not essentially register agents. It is the position of the national association where you practice to offer licensing; FIFA just pop you on their website.
In both of those cases Gallardo’s claims to be involved in the transfers proved false and as far as I recall neither Drogba nor Terry have played for Barcelona or Valencia in the past life-time so his information is sketchy at best.
So Spurs fans; do not worry about this latest deal. Gallardo’s weighted words to the argument of a Real departure should not be taken with too much seriousness.
As the only thing likely to be real in this story is the prefix of the Madrid side.
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