Oh the irony as the very man who made those comments in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine could very well find himself the subject of a bidding war when he gets back from holiday and the transfer window opens next month.
As things stand, not a lot has changed with regards to Bale’s future this summer but it’s now clear that if he’s sold, Tottenham Hotspur won’t prove to be the club he always thought they were.
“No I don’t think so [asked about the club selling to the highest bidders] We have to be a club that looks forward, and that means not selling players. If we are going to be the best – and that’s what we want to be – that has to be the way the club operates,” he said in the interview.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United appear to be the three big sides interested in Bale, all could afford him in some way, shape or form and all could justifiably go after him this summer.
Spurs can’t be blamed for contradicting the views Bale gave in that interview because what else are they meant to do?
If he makes it clear he wants to go, Daniel Levy is the best person to make sure they get a world record sum of money for them. He is their product, their value midfielder and clearly their star player.
“We’re not that club anymore,” he added.
Spurs have sold players in the recent past for big money such as Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric, but in both cases the club got money they demanded and that’s thanks to the chairman.
It just seems so ironic that if Bale leaves, it will literally trigger a bidding war between the clubs interested in him leaving Spurs to take the spoils and make those comments he made three years ago look a little hypocritical.
Of course a lot has changed since that point, where Bale nearly left the club the first time round and his form and stature is now totally different to when he originally made the comments.
It’s such a shame that every bit of that old interview is geared towards his ambitions for the future, what European football means to the club and aims to become the best.
Spurs could now very well head into next season without him, at an extreme disadvantage compared to the other sides fighting for top four places and quite literally back to square one.
What do you make of the old interview? What’s changed?
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