Since signing from Southampton in 2007, Gareth Bale has become Tottenham’s hottest property. The 21 year old Welshman has made 75 appearances for Spurs, and scored 12 goals. This season alone he’s scored 7 in 28 appearances. This season in particular has been like a dream for Bale.
He scored a hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter, and then was there again with Tottenham when they beat AC Milan. Spurs currently lie 5th in the league, primed for another season of European football and Bale has been one of their stand-out performers. He’s had such a good season that the PFA named him their Player of The Season. At 21, the world is his oyster.
Harry Redknapp is going to have a difficult time keeping hold of Gareth Bale this summer. Even the most blinkered Tottenham fan, with his head stuck firmly in the sand, living under a rock and wearing ear-muffs will have noticed that the cream of Europe are falling over themselves to get him in their side. Today comes the news that many Tottenham fans will have been dreading.
The latest team to be linked with a move for the young winger is Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea. According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues are ready to offer £40 million for the Welshman.
It doesn’t seem right to me. If Tottenham do decide to sell Bale, and let’s be honest they’ll have a job keeping him, then they’d be more likely to sell to a club on the continent. Chelsea are more than just local rivals now, they’re competition for league places and for Spurs’ best to them would take an awful lot of courage from Harry Redknapp.
I don’t know how long Bale will stay at White Hart Lane. The Mirror does say that he’s currently on a 6 year deal, but that he has expressed interest in playing regular Champions League football. At best, all Spurs can offer is a few days out in the Europa League. I doubt this will be enough to keep Bale happy, given the sheer amount of ambition he so clearly has.
That said, I can’t believe he’d go to Chelsea. Tottenham wouldn’t be daft enough to sell him to a team in the same league would they? Would they?
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