It’s been a roller-coaster summer of transfer speculation and conjecture all across Europe, but by far the most interesting story to date has been surrounding Gareth Bale’s proposed move to Real Madrid.
For much of the summer it’s been pretty much a done deal, and the media world has been just waiting for the day it would be announced. However, as the weeks have gone by, and as rumours and counter-claims continue to pop up, the certainty of the move has lessened.
Of course, it would be difficult to begrudge the Welsh international his chance to move abroad to Spain to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and company following his magical performance in the white of Tottenham last season. In truth, he fully deserves it.
However, one has to wonder whether he’s making the right move.
It’s been presumed that much of the players Spurs boss Andre Villa-Boas has brought in were in preparation for Bale’s inevitable departure, but if Bale was to feature for the North London club for another season, he could finally have a chance of winning some silverware.
Arguably, with Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and the in-form Andros Townsend playing some wonderful football for Spurs, they have a great chance of winning the Premier League. Add to this, the fact that Real Madrid haven’t figured out how to dethrone Barcelona, and Bale’s best chance of winning trophies might yet be with the White Hart Lane faithful cheering him on.
Add Bale’s prolific goal-scoring touch to all of these new additions and what AVB will have at his disposal is one of the best squads in England.
Of course, Bale’s failure to turn up for yet another training session at Enfield with his current club would indicate that he certainly wants away from life in England, as the Daily Mail‘s Paul Hirst reported early on Wednesday.
It would appear that his mind is set on a move, but factors outside his control might yet count against him, such as Madrid’s unwillingness to meet Spurs’ world-record fee, and Daniel Levy’s eagerness to squeeze as much money as possible out of the deal.
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