The Tottenham Hotspurs have done well this year. There were many, myself included, who felt that the sacking of Harry Redknapp was unjustifiably harsh and that appointment of former Chelsea flop Andre Villas-Boas was premature.
Yet, I and many others have been made to eat our words following a highly successful Premier League campaign by the Spurs, where they only missed out on the Champions League because Arsenal won on the last day. But, let’s not conceal the fact that the club has been incredibly over-reliant on one player this season as a result of misplaced faith in his current strikers by the manager.
Gareth Bale has been asked to play as a striker, attacking midfielder and a winger this year, and has excelled in all positions. His tally of 21 league goals this year means only Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie scored more than the Welshman. It would be fair to say that, without Bale’s goals, the Spurs would be propping up the top 10.
The world-class performances that Bale has conjured up this year have attracted the attention of the world’s biggest clubs and scouts from the European giants have flocked to White Hart Lane to witness the Welsh wizard in action. One such club is Real Madrid, and reports in the media today are saying that Bale is about to become the subject of a huge bid from Madrid.
Spurs owner Joe Lewis has sanctioned a new deal for Bale in an attempt to hang onto him amounting to approximately £150,000 per week, shattering their wage structure and nearly doubling Bale’s wages. Unfortunately, the offer is way below what Madrid can offer over the next five years, and the Spurs’ loss of Champions League soccer may cripple any chance they had of keeping Bale.
From Bale’s perspective, moves like this to super clubs don’t come around very often and if he has a poor year next year, the offer from Madrid may be rescinded, so he really has to grab the opportunity now. The Spurs may win the FA Cup or the Europa League, but they will never win the Champions League so if he’s intent on securing major honors, it makes sense to join Madrid.
Florentino Perez will also be relentless in his pursuit of Bale and when Madrid want someone, they usually get them.
Just ask Alex Ferguson. An offer of around £45 million and a larger salary than the Spurs can offer should be enough to tempt the former Southampton man to the Bernabeu according to Perez, and they will also offer him a lucrative image rights deal that Tottenham can’t to sweeten the deal.
Bale may have played his last game for Tottenham, but as one chapter of his career looks set to close, another is set to open with the Bernabeu and super stardom beckoning for the Welshman.