Gareth Bale's Spurs stay sets prime example
Gareth Bale's willingness to stay at Tottenham for at least another year speaks volumes of his commitment
With Gareth Bale set to be staying at Tottenham for at least another year, it sends a message out to other high-profile players who continually ditch the clubs that have stood by them over the years.
Gareth Bale was in inspirational form for Tottenham in the 2012/13 season. He scored goals at crucial times that inspired their charge for a top four finish, only to be thwarted painfully again at the last post by Arsenal.
So good was his performances, that it was widely expected that he would leave the club at the end of the season, with Real Madrid touted as the likeliest candidates to sign him.
However, now it appears he has decided to stay put and complete what he has started at White Hart Lane and ensure Spurs qualify for the Champions League next season.
This will be a massive boost for the club and manager Andre Villas-Boas, and is a decision that will elevate him further in the estimations of Spurs fans.
The decision by Bale will be looked upon by Arsenal supporters with a certain degree of wistfulness.
They have seen player after player leave the club complaining they suffer from a lack of ambition. The most galling of these departures was Robin van Persie, he engineered a move to Old Trafford at the end of the previous season.
He was the captain and the best player in the team, to leave the club must have been a real body blow for the Gunners.
The fact that they recovered from his departure and achieved qualification for the Champions League was an indication of the tenacity in the side and the manager's resilience.
What Bale's decision says is that there is no hard and fast principle that can be applied for a player in the modern age.
What works for Bale - a desire to lead the club which has given him so much and made him a household name, to greater heights, may not be found or even expected to be found in others.
It is something that is unique in its rarity in this day and age of instant gratification, and something that even Arsenal fans will applaud in a fierce and successful opponent like Gareth Bale.
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