... what would you do? If Gareth Bale does make the switch to Real Madrid it is entirely justified, writes Mathew Nash.
This summer the transfer sagas have come fast and furious.
Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara ... it has been a rollercoaster ride in the rumour mill this summer.
And of course, who can forget a mister Gareth Bale.
Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid have been at loggerheads all summer over the Spanish team’s desire for the player – and it is being reported that Bale wants the switch.
And I am about to risk the wrath of all Tottenham fans reading, by suggesting that a choice between Spurs or Real Madrid is a no-brainer – Bale has to leave.
Put the pitchforks down, let me try to explain.
Real Madrid, are quite frankly, one of the biggest football clubs on the planet. Spurs are no minnows either, but in terms of history and prestige they cower before their Spanish rivals.
If 32 La Liga trophies and nine European Cup trophies doesn’t convince you – then the fact they are consistently highlighted as one of the top two valued teams in world football should.
While you may not agree with some of the practices that get them to where they are financially, Real Madrid dwarf Tottenham in terms of finances and history.
That will invariably involve a bumper pay-rise for the Welshman. Some reports have suggested that Real will even pay him more than Cristiano Ronaldo, making him the clubs highest paid player in the process.
Now while the over-zealous Spanish taxman will certainly take away a massive chunk of that – he is still set to be making a fair buck more than in North London.
Then there are prospects. At Tottenham Bale can hope to qualify for the Champions League every now and again, at Real Madrid he is practically guaranteed season after season, and will even fancy his chances of winning the thing.
To boot, as I sit here in dreary Berkshire summer rain, I realise that the weather might also be a bonus to going to live in Spain.
There are of course reasons not to leave. Learning a new language, moving away from family. Then there is the argument that he owes Tottenham for standing by him through some early injury and form issues.
But let me ask you this. If you were the best performing employee at your current job, and a global super company offered you a pay-rise to come and win awards in the sunshine – tell me honestly, what you would do?
Should Bale be blamed for wanting a Real Madrid switch?
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