Gareth Bale has had a great season with Spurs this year and has grabbed the attention of some big clubs from around Europe. The front runners are reportedly Real Madrid who want him to partner with Cristiano Ronaldo to wrestle back La Liga off Barcelona and also win the Champions League. The other clubs that are interested in Bale’s services are the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
All of these clubs are in the Champions League next season and will surely continue to qualify and challenge for the Champions League for seasons to come. Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League after Arsenal beat Newcastle on the final day. Spurs beat Sunderland 1-0 with a late Bale goal but it wasn’t to be, although it would have been fitting for a late Bale show to guide them into Europe’s best club competition.
With Spurs not in the Champions League next season this has increased speculation that the Welsh international will be persuaded by Madrid to leave White Hart Lane. Also with Madrid’s president saying that Bale was born to play for Madrid that has further increased speculation that he will move to the Spanish capital this summer, but I just can’t see that move happening.
I think that Bale will end up at either Real Madrid or Manchester United simply because they will be challenging for the Champions League year after year and challenging for the league title in their respective countries. I think that Madrid is his likeliest destination but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be the best for him. Madrid is a great club and he would play week in week out like he does at Tottenham but in the league there are only two clubs who will challenge for it which is obviously Madrid and Barcelona. He won’t be challenged in a lot of his games apart from against Barcelona and maybe Athletico Madrid or Valencia. He will be challenged when he plays in the Champions League against Europe’s elite but that is a maximum of 13 games a season, and he would still be challenged in Europe if he moves to Man Utd.
I think that he would benefit more by moving to Old Trafford because he would get a challenge every week. I use the word ‘challenge’ loosely because Bale is a world class player. If he moves to Old Trafford he would still be able to live in England although he would have to move house to Manchester. He would get a tougher challenge in the league because the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City I would expect to improve over the next season or two so he would play more big games in England, also from the neutral point of view he would be a huge loss to the Premier League as a whole.
However, clubs in England would like to see the back of him because that would mean one less problem when they play against Spurs.
The important fact about this is still Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player and signed a new contract at the start of last season which ends in 2016. This means he is at Spurs for another three seasons before he can leave for nothing, which will never happen. I think that Spurs and Bale would both benefit from another season together because Bale would show he isn’t a one season wonder and Spurs would be able to increase their asking price possibly and provide a bigger challenge for the top four. I think the best time for Bale to leave White Hart Lane would be in the summer of 2014 because he would still have long enough on his contract for Spurs to get a lot of money for him and Bale would have improved with yet another season in English football and Europa League football.
The Bale story is one of many big football stories that are going to be worth while watching and discussing. Only time will tell for the Bale story because it won’t end this summer.