Can Tottenham Hotspur 'count' on Gareth Bale?

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has said he’s counting on Gareth Bale to make the right decision with regards to his future.

The winger is the subject of continued speculation suggesting Real Madrid will try and buy Bale before the start of the new season but AVB has suggested he sees the 24-year-old as part of many future generations of Tottenham teams.

AVB seems to be putting a lot of faith and trust in Bale that he won’t be tempted in by the greater riches which the Spanish side can offer, plus the fact Real Madrid are a shoe-in for Champions League football every season.

If it’s an issue of trust then Spurs shouldn’t really have to worry too much because Bale has so far cut a model professional away from the field, being realistic with his future aims but at no point undermining Tottenham.

He’s admitted that he wants to go and play European football in a foreign league but he’s not said that has to happen soon, which suggests he could be the bedrock of the Tottenham team over the next few years.

“He's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future,” said AVB.

Bale will be fully aware of how important he is to the current side, not just in terms of the goals he scores and the man of the match performances but also in terms of his marketing and commercial value which will only increase if he stays at the club and maintains his form from last season.

It basically comes down to his decency as a human being to give Tottenham the chance to get that fourth spot and make an improved contract offer to him.

That decency is also based on the possibility that the reported six-year deal in pro-Real Madrid news source Marca is nothing more than that paper fabricating that rumour in order to shift copies.

The obvious counter argument to Spurs being able to count on Bale is the chance that the Marca story is based on something accurate, which would be surprising because that would seem to suggest Bale going against every characteristic he has shown from his time at the club.

Tottenham took him under their wing from a very early age, he’s always cut a very grounded figure and has always been very vocal in his praise of the club for treating him and his career the way it has developed.

He could well end up at Real Madrid at some point in the future but can the club count on him for the foreseeable future? Yes and if the club hit their goals over the next few years, he may never have a reason to leave.

Bale is very much a Tottenham player and the timing of his current absence from the club-s pre-season tour of Asia is because he’s injured, it has nothing to do with the possibility of some secret deal with Real Madrid, hopefully.

Do you think the club can count on Bale?

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