If you ever had any doubts over Real Madrid’s imminent bid for Gareth Bale then get ready for it.
Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that the Spanish club have reserved their number 11 shirt, more than likely in the expectation that Gareth Bale will be playing for them next season.
The rumour mill has been turning, everyone has had their say but this is the most physical sign yet that Real Madrid are preparing to welcome the Welsh winger to the club ahead of next season.
As far as Bale’s concerned, it nicely coincides with his official trademarking of his ‘heart 11’ celebration which means he can make just as much cash off the back of that in Spain as he could if he stayed in North London.
It’s all a little bit insulting to Tottenham because it almost seems as though everything is a done deal and it’s just a matter of how much cash it will take and the personal terms involved.
It could be a devious little tactic on the part of the club’s president Florentino Perez who seems to blow hot air on a daily basis when it comes to Gareth Bale.
Perez has made big bold statements and AS has even suggested that he’s promised to unveil Bale as a Real Madrid player next month.
It’s the same sort of tactics they used to unsettle Luka Modric even further before he completed his move to Real Madrid for £33 million.
It’s not written in stone, it’s just a massive indication that Real Madrid are getting ready to start the negotiations process.
If they actually fail to agree a deal with Spurs for Bale then they can always sign someone else for that shirt or just not use it as a squad number next season.
You also have to bear in mind that Marca is effectively Real Madrid’s paper in Spain, likely to report and publicise in the same way as several Catalan news sources reporting on La Liga.
They are never going to be impartial and Real Madrid will always use them as a tool to create publicity and whip up a furore.
It’s a bit of a shame also that Real Madrid don’t seem to be able to do business in a simple and professional manner. There would be a huge fuss in England if Manchester United were doing the same sort of thing.
Here’s to hoping for Tottenham fans’ sakes that Daniel Levy gets stuck in and makes a deal as difficult as possible because Real Madrid would certainly be left with a whole lot of egg all over their faces.
What do you make of the Real Madrid ‘tactics’?
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