The Welshman is caught in the middle of one of the most hard-fought transfer tussles we’ve seen in a long time. The 23-year-old's supreme talent makes him one of the most coveted players on the planet – right up there with the likes of Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Robert Lewandowski.
This time last year much the same ado was carrying on over the road at Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal – with Robin van Persie who eventually absconded Manchester-bound.
Whilst Spurs fretted over their own wantaway star Luka Modric, the Gunners were embroiled in a nasty game of chess with the Dutch ace and he effectively put the nail in the coffin on his Arsenal career when he released a statement on his official website revealing he would not be signing a new contract and he wanted to move on.
He listed his reasons as to why and when he’d made his decision and whilst Arsenal fans were understandably distraught and angry it was surely a more mature way of going about it than the way Modric behaved.
The Croatian maestro simply refused to show up for training and the pre-season tour and made his position at the club so untenable that when Madrid came in with an offer it was already done and dusted.
Both players effectively betrayed their clubs – the clubs that nurtured them into the stars they became – by jostling for a move away on to bigger and better things. But, where Modric’s behaviour was the problem for Spurs, Van Persie’s words were the problem for the Gunners.
Back to Gareth Bale – the Spurs man has remained silent throughout this whole process – he has been out injured which, in a way, has helped as it’s meant he’s not had to come into direct contact with the pressure via the media and the fans on a daily basis in pre-season.
Should he talk? Is there something he could say that could make it all okay? Is there something he could say to make the big bad bullies go away? Yes, of course there is, he could put an end to all of the this madness if he would just come out publicly, declare his love for his club, declare his desire to stay and declare his hope of winning trophies with Tottenham and his excitement for the new season ahead.
Gareth Bale has done no such thing and as a result Real Madrid remain (along with the rest of the world) under the impression he would like to join them in the Spanish capital.
Gareth Bale has done absolutely nothing wrong – he played the best football of his life for Spurs last term, gave them everything he had to give – but where players before him have betrayed their clubs with either words or actions, Bale’s silence speaks bounds.
By not coming out and making his desire clear either way, he leaves room for doubt and for assumption – if he hasn’t said categorically he doesn’t want to move to Real Madrid, I think it’s safe to assume he does want to move to Real Madrid. If he loves Tottenham so much, surely he’d be sparing them their blushes and agony over the saga.
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