Ordinarily when a player has the possibility of a move to such a huge club like
Real Madrid there is no doubt that the best advice would be to seize it with
both hands. However, in Gareth Bale's case would it be such a great move?
Previously British players that have moved to the Spanish giants have endured
mixed fortunes. Michael Owen was not a huge success and David Beckham was not
flushed with trophies from his time at the Bernabeau.
Moving to Real Madrid will involve an undoubted world record transfer fee and
with that an increased amount of pressure on the Welshman. He would be under
pressure anyway due to moving to such a high profile club but that will only
intensify with a huge price tag around his neck.
Every game he plays will be under the spotlight and their will be undoubted comparisons with the great players already at the club, particularly Cristiano Ronaldo.
Some observers believe it could be a year too early for Bale to make such a
high profile move. However, it may be his only opportunity to make a move like
this and you never know what is round the corner so perhaps he should
go if it is still a possibility.
Tottenham is a great club but playing for Madrid is a step up in class. They
will no doubt be challenging for the La Liga title and the Champions League and
every game they play is huge, not least to the opposition.
The Champions League is the biggest stage to play club football and with Bale unlikely to grace a World Cup in the near future it could possibly be the biggest stage he can
Moving to Spain should not be the biggest culture shock in the world but
sometimes players do find it difficult to adapt. He will no doubt need to learn
the language and the culture which could take its toll on the player.
One of the most tantalising aspects of Bale's proposed move is the possibility
of him playing against Barcelona and pitting his wits against possibly the
greatest ever club side.
Who could resist the opportunity to play on the same pitch as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta?
Staying at Tottenham would not be a bad thing for Bale. They are trying to
build a title challenging team and a side who may become a European giant once
They have also made a couple of very astute signings this summer. Bale
is adored by the Tottenham faithful and is the key component of the team. He
might well be just another player at Real Madrid but there is no doubt he is a
very good player.
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