Tottenham Hotspur would do well to consider the further implications of selling Gareth Bale.
Talk regarding Gareth Bale's potential departure from Tottenham has reached a crescendo this week, with conflicting reports regarding a fee and whether Spurs will accept an offer from Real Madrid.
It is claimed Bale wants to make the big move, leaving the manager under which he has enjoyed the most successful period of his career behind.
If Bale was convinced to stay at Spurs, his working relationship with Andre Villas-Boas would be seen as a major reason in staying. Bale has repeatedly cited his manager's faith in him as one of the key reasons for his success.
Crucially if Bale was sold, it would be another indication as with the Luka Modric deal last summer that Tottenham are a selling club.
Regardless of how much money he would bring in, Spurs would forever remain fearful that any star players will be cashed in upon whenever a substantial bid comes around.
This could have implications on Andre Villas-Boas himself, who has already found himself the subject of enquiries for his own position.
Over the past few months, four clubs - Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Monaco have been linked with hiring AVB. Importantly, all four have the financial power to make such a development possible, and attractive to the manager.
If Bale goes, AVB might just find himself less committed to the club if he feels a 'better offer' comes along in the future.
After all, he will not want to be at risk of having his star players cherry picked each summer and will want to be at a club who are a predator in the transfer market rather than the prey.
There is no suggestion AVB would walk away this summer if Bale leaves, for there are now not even any big opportunities around for him.
But next summer, or the year after, if one of the Spanish giants come calling, or the super-rich French sides - the manager may just remember how Bale upped and left, and Spurs allowed him to, regardless of the price. Whether it is a popular view or not, it is a risk they will run.
It is one more reason why Daniel Levy should try to keep the duo together as long as possible, for if Bale goes - the so called bigger or richer clubs will look at Spurs and increasingly see AVB as an attainable target, more so than they did this summer.
Spurs fans are you worried about the long-term implications for AVB if Bale goes?
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