That belief seems to stem from conversations he’s had with his own boss, Daniel Levy, who’s reportedly given him assurances that the Welsh winger will be a Tottenham player when the new season starts.
Unless that’s a cryptic promise because the transfer window doesn’t actually shut at the start of the season, AVB will now be able to enjoy his summer without that lingering worry and doubt.
“We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club,” AVB told Marca.
It would seem a done deal, forgive the irony, in the respect that AVB gets to retain his best player and build a side around him next season.
However, Real Madrid and Florentino Perez have encountered this sort of thing before so if they still try to do a deal, and Spurs accept it, the manager’s position becomes vulnerable because he’ll have been undermined in a severe way.
AVB seems to trust Levy implicitly to do the best for him and his club and if he feels as though he’s been betrayed by the club, there won’t be many fans who will blame him for walking away if Bale is still sold.
The chances of that remain relatively high as Bale is going to be unveiled as a Real Madrid player next month according to the president.
They have also reportedly kept his number 11 shirt free after reports earlier this week suggesting Real were not planning to bring in a player for that number any time soon, other than Bale of course.
AVB is trying to create something strong, forward thinking and meaningful with Tottenham.
The club was very unfortunate not to finish in the top four last season and that will be the ultimate aim this year, something they may not be able to achieve if they start selling off their best players.
Levy has always stuck up for the club through thick and thin ever since he took the position as chairman which means if he’s told AVB that Bale won’t be leaving, he probably doesn’t expect Real Madrid to match the club’s asking price for the player.
That’s thought to be in the £100 million bracket, but all of the noise Perez has been making has suggested he would pay that for the winger without thinking twice about it.
If that is something Tottenham accept without significantly helping AVB replace Bale with other key players, the club risks losing a lot more than just their star player but a manager who can take them forward in a big way.
Would you blame AVB for walking if Spurs sell Bale?
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