Marca's Bale claims don't ring true

According to reports in Spain Gareth Bale has told Tottenham he wants to leave White Hart Lane for the Spanish capital and his agent has met with Real Madrid’s president and director general.

According to Marca, the 23-year-old Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez on June 25th. The Spanish publication also claims that Barnett took a photo out of the Spurs star wearing a Real Madrid shirt as a 10-year-old boy and promptly told the president:

"Have no doubts - Gareth has wanted to play for Madrid since he was a kid."

The same report asserts that Bale has informed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that he wants to leave and Levy is, in turn, willing to sell the player if Madrid meet Spurs’ £80 million valuation of the player.

This report which has since been regurgitated throughout England and Wales this week, doesn’t make sense for a number of reasons – there are some glaring telltale signs that these reports are baseless and likely completely unsubstantiated.

Firstly, it’s pure conjecture for anyone to state that Bale has told Levy he wants to leave because, presumably, only Bale and Levy would be privy to that information.

Secondly, kids who love football and idolize top players often wear the kits of a number of clubs – Bale has admitted in the past that he did dream of playing for Real Madrid as boy. However, he is man now and he has a contract with Tottenham.

He may still dream of playing for Real Madrid one day but I doubt he puts on anything other than a Spurs shirt these days seeing as they are the club that pays his wages and, frankly, the photo, if it even exists, is irrelevant.

Meanwhile, I find it very hard to believe that an agent of a player who is potentially hoping to negotiate a lucrative contract with a potential suitor would weaken his own hand with such a gesture. Agents simply don’t operate that way – why would Barnett do that when it would have a detrimental affect on any future contract negotiations? It doesn’t ring true.

That’s not the way grown adults who frequently discuss huge sums of money for globally recognizable corporations operate – that the way fans dream that it works but it’s not the reality.

The newspapers know that fans are delusional and look to capitalise on that by fanning the fire of the illusion and even sewing themselves into the fabric of the fabrication.

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