Unsurprisingly, Gareth Bale has been in the Spanish press quite a bit over the past week. Here are the main stories and why they are flawed.
Marca created massive headlines earlier this week when they claimed Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale had agreed a six-year deal with Real Madrid, which fired up the rumours all over again over a possible move to Spain.
However, there were so many things wrong with that story, I’m not really sure where to start.
It seemed to be pinned on the basis that Bale would go behind the back of Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy, agreeing a deal with Real Madrid in immensely deceptive fashion which seemingly contradicts his basic nature as a person.
Needless to say the whole idea that Bale would do something like that also stinks of illegality, with Fifa’s rules stating that no club can talk to a player contracted to another side about a possible move without the consent of that club.
AS, another pro-Real Madrid news source, have now also joined the party, making a big deal out of Tottenham’s apparently outrageous price demands for the player.
There were suggestions earlier in the summer that Spurs would ask for a £100 million fee for Bale, something Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the Spanish side would happily pay.
Tottenham are well within their rights to demand that fee and any criticism of it is flawed because Bale is world class, Spurs have no need to sell him and they hold all of the power with regards to his future.
AS also suggests that the links, speculation and reports surrounding Bale worry Tottenham with regards to his form in pre-season for the club.
They suggest that Bale is transfixed on a move to Real Madrid, which is affecting his form for the club.
That has no basis because pre-season friendly matches aren’t about the football, they are about improving fitness and getting to a point where players are physically able to compete by the time the competitive action comes round.
Marca followed up their ‘six-year deal’ story with a piece on the possibility of Tottenham breaking the bank in order to keep Bale, a tactic designed to ensure he would stay.
That was a piece with Marca seemingly suggesting that Tottenham saw Bale as a mercenary, which is far from true.
It’s just another example of them protecting their interests and it’s not an unreasonable thing for a club to reward their best player with an improved contract should he decide to stay at that club.
You have to remember that the pro-Real Madrid press like nothing more than to shove a stick into the hornets nest and jiggle it around to try and get a violent reaction but what they’ve actually reported doesn’t have much correlation to the reality of Bale and what’s likely to happen over his future.
What do you make of the Spanish press coverage of Bale from the past five days?
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