Rumours persist in the media that Tottenham star Gareth Bale could be set for a summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Bale is one of the top players in the Premier League and has attracted the interest of the Real Madrid hierarchy.
The Welshman claimed Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in England this season, raising his already high-profile in European football.
At times Gareth Bale was simply unstoppable for Tottenham last season. He virtually won games on his own and was very difficult to stop.
Last season was definitely Bale’s most consistent and he is now considered a potential superstar.
Tottenham missed out on the Champions League again for next season. It is the second season that Spurs have not made it to Europe’s elite competition and it must now be worrying for the fans that Gareth Bale may want to move on this summer.
Gareth Bale is still young and seems settled at Tottenham. Another year in north London would do him no harm. However, for the sake of his development he will have to be playing at the pinnacle of football in years to come.
He is a player that could get in any of the top teams in world football and Tottenham are not quite amongst the elite of European football just yet.
Tottenham have moved forward as a club majorly in the past few seasons. However, just when they look like becoming a major challenger in the English top flight they lose players. Last summer was a prime example, as playmaker Luka Modric moved to Real Madrid, despite Spurs not wanting to lose the Croatian.
Tottenham will never become a genuine challenger for the Premier League title if they keep selling their best players. Spurs may get £60million for the winger, but they would lose the one player that makes the team tick and they are back to square one with team development.
If Tottenham want to be considered as a major team in English and European football, they need to keep Gareth Bale at the club and hope to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Every player has his price though and obviously, Bale has his. If Real come to Spurs with a massive offer and Bale a major pay rise then a deal could probably be done.
This summer Real Madrid will launch major changes in both player and managerial personnel. Whoever the new boss is at the Bernabeu next season will want to bring in his own players. I am sure that the new boss would not mind Bale in their team though. The Real hierarchy also seem determined to fight Barcelona on all fronts next season.
According to Spanish media outlet Marca, Bale is top of the Real Madrid shopping list this summer. Real feel that they need to bring in some high-profile players this summer, after a poor campaign by their high standards.
Bale would be a marquee signing for anybody and Real supporters will see his signing as Los Blancos going all-out for next season. A number of high-profile Real Madrid players have also been linked with the Madrid exit door.
Those players need to be replaced and Real will not be short of cash in the summer. Signing Gareth Bale would not be a bad way of starting like after Jose Mourinho.
A player of Gareth Bale’s ability would be a massive loss to not only Spurs, but also to the Premier League. The Welsh international is one of the rising stars of world and European football. Losing Bale to La Liga would be a major blow to the Premier League.
Bale is one of the few real stars in the English top flight and the Premier League cannot afford to lose any more of its shining lights.
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