Having single-handedly guided Spurs to fifth place and only narrowly missed out on Champions League, few can fault Bale for choosing to take his chance and transfer to the club of his dreams.
But he went on exile from the first team and then stopped training altogether as he waited for a world record move to be arranged.
He got his transfer, and Spurs got their cash, but Bale has been sorely missed this season.
With the ambition Spurs showed in the summer, Bale could have stayed one more year. Instead he stopped short of handing in a transfer request to leave the club that gave him so much.
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