Tottenham must keep hold of Gareth Bale
Tottenham Hotspur opinion: Why Gareth Bale is so vital to Spurs' long-term future
As Gareth Bale's season keeps improving, and with his 16 Premier League goals, his heart shaped hand gesture is becoming more and more common during Tottenham games.
With this, rumours of a big money sale are gathering pace, with Real Madrid set to table a bid of around £50 million for the Welshman.
Latest news suggests that if Spurs are able to achieve a top four position and therefore qualify for next seasons Champions League, then Gareth Bale might be going nowhere. Daniel Levy will have to hold firm though as clubs tracking Bale include Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He must therefore be expecting bids to exceed the £50 million mark as the battle for Bale begins.
Bale, who started at Spurs as a left back wearing shirt number three. His role was quickly defined as a left winger, changing to the number 11 shirt. Although, in recent times he has taken on a role far more central, often just behind the front man.
This has meant Bale's pursuit for goals has become far more fruitful. Defenders live in fear for when he gets the ball, as Spurs are set up for counter attacking football, they can break with blistering pace down both flanks and in the centre.
Bale's cool finishes both in play and from free kicks have caused many headlines and attracted the attention of the scouts from some of Europe's big money clubs.
Keeping hold of Bale should be Spurs key priority and they have the chance to do that if they qualify for next seasons Champions League, although winning the Europa League, this season, would definitely bolster their chances. Big name signings in the summer of 2013 would declare Spurs ambition to challenge at the very top of the Premier League, making them more likely to keep hold of players like Bale.
It would be a great loss to the Premier League if yet another world class player leaves to play his football abroad. Spurs will be looking to entice Bale with a new and improved contract, not expiring until 2018.
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