Like their North London rivals Arsenal, Tottenham’s season seems to be unravelling right before their own eyes. Spurs’ entertaining run in the Champions League looks set to be coming to an end and the more pessimistic Tottenham fans will feel that qualification for Europe’s premier competition next season looks to be slipping away from them as well. If Spurs were to miss out on a top four place in the Premier League this season, then they might struggle to attract the calibre of player they’re after, while they would also face a fight to keep hold of their big players. Tottenham’s players don’t come any bigger than Gareth Bale.
Bale has been a revelation for Spurs over the past 18 months and his reputation and thus his price-tag have sky rocketed. The Welshman has been tentatively linked with an exit from White Hart Lane in the summer, with a bid in the region of £60 million reportedly being lined up by Manchester United, City, Barcelona and Real Madrid. You can of course take these rumours with a pinch of salt, but Bale himself has said he would not be adverse to a move abroad and Harry Redknapp will know that his left-winger will have some high-profile suitors.
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Interestingly, Gareth Bale is 6/4 with bet365 to leave White Hart Lane during the 2011 summer transfer window. bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth says “Spurs are now 50/1 to see off Real Madrid, they’re 9/2 to finish in the top four meaning the vultures could be circling in the summer, regardless of the new contract the Welshman has recently signed.” While Bale is 6/4 to leave Tottenham in the summer, conversely he’s odds on at 1/2 to stay at Spurs and while no player is ever priceless in today’s football climate, Tottenham won’t be in the mood to let the Welshman leave for anything other than an astronomical bid.
So do Tottenham fans think Bale staying at White Hart Lane is conditional on Spurs qualifying for the Champions League again, or can they look forward to seeing the Welshman in a Tottenham shirt for many years to come whether or not they’re playing Europe’s big boys again next season?
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