When Tottenham manager Martin Jol signed Gareth Bale for £11million pounds back in 2007 - no one would of suggested the player could become the worlds most expensive player.
Over the last couple of seasons, Bale has established himself as a key player in the Spurs starting XI and after an impressive season last year, he could have been on the verge of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Welshman first burst onto the scene after coming through the ranks at Southampton before catching the attention of the Premier League clubs with Manchester United also wanting the winger.
In his first two seasons with the north-London club, he was persistently bugged by injuries and under par performances which questioned the fee paid for him by Jol.
With a high price tag to shrug off his shoulders, for a young 18 year old, things weren't looking good and a move away to a lower positioned Premier league side was looking very likely.
However, Spurs stayed persistent with the young man and good performances started coming. Towards the 2009/2010 season he helped Spurs get into the Champions league for the first time and was rewarded with a new bumper contract.
The season after really saw Bale's reputation blossom as one of the best players in Europe, as he single highhandedly took apart Inter Milan at the San Siro to eventually get Tottenham out of the group unscathed.
Bale helped Tottenham get into the quarterfinal after beating AC Milan in the other round, but, were thrashed against Real Madrid but that didn't hamper his amazing season and Europeans sides were taking not of Bale performances and his rise to stardom.
Season after season Bale has been getting better and better. Last season he led Tottenham to a champions league charge on his own through the months,specific man of the match performances against West ham,Southampton and Swansea to ensure crucial points for his side although his side just missed out on Europe coming 5th.
Eventually his rise would see interest from the best teams around the world especially with Tottenham not qualifying for the Champions League for three years on the row a move looked on the cards.
With Real Madrid's interest for over two years now their interest now looks very concrete and with Bale keen on the move it only seems a matter of time until the Welshman is lining up against players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil while being considered one of the best of all time.
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