Tottenham simply would not be the same without Gareth Bale.
He has become the central focus for a team that is trying to establish themselves amongst the powerhouses of European football and, despite speculation linking him with a move abroad, here are five reasons why I think he will stay at Spurs.
1. Tottenham's shining light
Andre Villas-Boas' system at Tottenham revolves around Gareth Bale: he is their spark, inspiration and attacking force. But Tottenham are also a very good team and one that Bale should feel comfortable in as it is showing signs of improvement and stamina under the careful watch of their Portuguese coach.
Bale must ask himself: if he is central to everything at Tottenham and is playing the best football of his career, then why does his career necessitate a move?
Why not take the chance to build something magical at Tottenham and become an iconic figure at White Hart Lane instead of potentially jeopardising his career abroad.
2. Growing in stature
Not only Bale, but Tottenham as well. Villas-Boas has proved himself very shrewd in the transfer market, even at Chelsea where he tied up deals for Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku who, respectively, are and will be very important to Chelsea in the future.
But also at Tottenham it seems that AVB has made very sensible acquisitions bringing in Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembélé and Lewis Holtby to name a few.
If AVB can bring in a few new faces this summer to fill in certain holes in the team - an attacking midfielder, for example - then Tottenham could be challenging for a title which is no more than Bale will be doing elsewhere if he were to move. Again, Bale needs to put faith in Tottenham and AVB and reject the temptation of money offered elsewhere.
3. Tottenham's future plans
With Spurs just having opened their new Enfield Training Centre, which is said to be among the best of Europe, Bale can hope to have some of the best facilities known to professional sportsmen at his constant disposal. With the new centre Bale can continue improving as much as he would at, say, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Spurs' plans to build a new 56,000 seater stadium highlights Daniel Levy's ambition to take the club to the next level and should Bale stay he can expect to be playing in a brand new stadium in just over two years which will, with Bale, take Tottenham to the next level.
4. A family man
Gareth Bale has openly stated that he is a family man. He is quoted to have said "When I get time off I go and visit my family", while naming his dad as his "hero". Although constantly in the limelight Bale holds his family very close to his heart and I don't think he welcomes the idea of moving abroad away from them.
What's more, he now has a child with his partner Emma Rhys-Jones and he wants to base his family in England whilst his daughter grows up. He has a difficult decision to make but I think he will want her to grow up feeling Welsh.
5. Problems abroad
Being the centre of an up-and-coming team Bale has to, and wants to, play all the minutes he possibly can and also to improve himself as a player. When considering leaving he only has to look as far as fellow team-mate Luka Modric and see how he is spending his time in Madrid - unhappy and on the bench.
Bayern Munich have just signed Mario Gotze and already are leaving out Arjen Robben, while Barcelona have an abundance of wingers with Alexis Sanchez not making the cut.
Bale only speaks English and, although this is not the be all and end all, it would represent a serious obstacle in his successful integration into any team - and if he is not comfortable then I don't see him playing with the same flair or quality that he is showing at Tottenham.
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