Gareth Bale‘s transfer to Real Madrid looked particularly certain a few days ago when Real launched a world record £100 million bid for the 24-year-old winger, but Tottenham Hotspur manager Andres Villas-Boas has insisted once again that the Welsh international is not for sale. ”These rumors of an imminent transfer are not true,” Villas-Boas declared after Tottenham’s friendly defeat against Monaco on Saturday. “The only thing we have communicated with Real Madrid is that he is our player and he is not for sale.”
How legitimate are Villas-Boas’ claims about Bale? Well, according to a Fox Soccer report, former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho attempted to buy Bale last season and failed. Mourinho, though, thinks that Real will snatch up the young star right now, but he does warn against the big expectations set for Bale with Madrid’s massive transfer bid. ”I asked the club to buy him last season but it was not possible,” Mourinho stated. “It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they get a fantastic player but, of course, the numbers are huge numbers and the kid has to go now and there’s pressure to prove that he’s worth that investment.” The new Chelsea manager believes that Bale would be a “fantastic” fit at Real, and he is convinced that Carlo Ancelotti has the ability to truly utilize the young man’s talents.
As Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur give off different vibes about Bale’s future in England, you must realize that the Hotspurs are looking to be a top team in the Premier League this coming season. So far, the Spurs have added a couple significant players this summer, signing former Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and Brazilian standout central midfielder Paulinho. These two players will definitely help the Spurs’ attack, but if Tottenham wants to compete with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, Gareth must stay at White Hart Lane.
Sure, Andres Villas-Boas could let Bale walk, and then the Premier League club would have a bundle of money to acquire a few world-class players. However, these players may not work well with each other in England, while Bale has proven to be able to mesh well with the Spurs for years. Every player has his price, so we can’t undoubtedly say that Villas-Boas’ stance on Bale will remain the same.