The saga over the Welshman’s future has rolled on for much of the summer and reports from the last few days suggest we could be getting closer and closer to a conclusion.
Bale has made it clear that at some point he wants to experience football in another country and another league with Real Madrid being the most obvious destination considering their apparent desire to sign him and the resources they have available to pull off that deal.
However, he’s crucial to Spurs so it’s no surprise at all that they are trying to convince him to stay, to give the side another season and to resist the flamboyance and high profile of Real Madrid for the time being.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has made it clear that he will get his club to spend a world record amount of money to pull off the deal if that’s what it takes and Bale’s main issue seems to be, not understanding how Spurs can resist such a large amount of cash.
If the talks this week are aimed at easing that confusion in Bale’s mind then it will be pointless because Spurs will just maintain their hard line stance that the player is not for sale at any cost.
Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy are well within their rights to reiterate to the player that he will not be sold because they have him under contract and hold all of the power as far as his future is concerned.
Levy in particular has always shown an ability to play hard ball over transfers via the examples of Dimitar Berbatov and most recently Luka Modric, who ironically went on to join Real Madrid.
The problem for Spurs comes when Bale’s head drops because there is no point having a world class player at a club if he doesn’t want to be there, because there is always the worry that he won’t produce his very best form.
It’s looking increasingly unlikely that Bale is going to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane but even still he has three-years left to run on his current contract at Tottenham, meaning no pressure for the North London club to sell.
There are bound to be a few more twists in the tail before we know for certain where Bale will be playing his football next season but he doesn’t have to leave Spurs right now to get that move to Real Madrid.
Do you think we’ll know any more than we do now by the weekend? Will Spurs be able to draw a line under it or will Madrid drag the saga out right to the end?
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