If Real Madrid have given up on signing Gareth Bale this summer, the club has a great opportunity to make it impossible for Real Madrid to buy him.
The potential complications of a deal seem to have stopped Real Madrid in their tracks, with Tottenham showing no sign of relenting over their valuation or in their willingness to let Bale talk with the Spanish team.
Bale’s admiration of Spanish football was made perfectly clear in his recent interview with Esquire but fortunately for Spurs, he’s not in a position where he has to head off to that part of Europe just yet.
It will happen in the future but just not yet and Tottenham now have a chance to protect their interests.
“I'd say that Spanish football is probably the best I've seen. Obviously, I'd like to try other leagues in the future,” said the Welshman.
The most obvious way for them to do that is to put Bale on a much bigger contract than he’s on at the moment.
If Real Madrid had any concerns over the amount of money he could potentially cost, Tottenham can just increase those concerns by making him ultimately more expensive through a bigger deal.
It would rely a lot on Daniel Levy’s willingness to commission that sort of deal, but the club need to take that opportunity because they may not have been expecting it.
Another way Spurs can keep him relates to the performance of the team over the coming season.
Bale has made it very clear that he wants to play Champions League football and if he stays with the club, they will be under more pressure than ever before to try and break into that top four next season.
They should be confident of doing just that as they only narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last season.
If they manage to get into that competition, Bale will then be in a position where he’s potentially on a newer and better deal and playing in the tournament he would ultimately consider leaving the club for.
“When you play in the Champions League, all the other teams are used to winning every week, so it’s more of an open game, it’s more attacking, end-to-end,” he added.
Spurs also head into next season with just as good a chance of winning domestic silverware as any other side.
If Tottenham can put a medal around Bale’s neck by the end of the season, give him a better contract and qualify for the Champions League, they have effectively created a situation which gives him no reason to need to leave the club any time soon.
He’ll be off in the future but Tottenham can ensure it doesn’t happen until his late 20s at the very earliest.
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