If it hadn’t sunk in for Tottenham fans that Gareth Bale has in fact left the club, then this picture should do the job.
Bale is photographed following new/old team-mate and small witch lookalike Luka Modric out onto the Real Madrid training pitch, in a picture that is destined to be torn and tear-stained under Tottenham supporters’ pillows for many years to come.
The last two summers have seen Madrid swoop in and steal the Lilywhites’ best players, despite the efforts of Daniel Levy.
First it was Modric who departed for £33 million, whilst Bale finally departed White Hart Lane after a summer long chase for a world record £86 million.
The £119 million Tottenham have received from Real Madrid over the past two years will have softened the blow somewhat, especially since Andre Villas-Boas has been able to reinvest in virtually a whole new team this summer.
Only time will tell whether the new additions prove a success, but the general feeling at White Hart Lane is that the club have done some excellent business. They still can’t beat Arsenal in a North London derby though …
Tottenham fans what would you rather have at present – Bale and Modric, or your current squad?