Tottenham transfers: Why Gareth Bale should ignore Madrid interest
Tottenham transfers: The Sport Review takes a look at why Gareth Bale should stay at White Hart Lane this summer
Bale should continue development at Spurs
Gareth Bale has blossomed into one of Europe’s best players over the past 24 months at Tottenham Hotspur. The Wales winger has managed to find a consistent level of performance that has helped Spurs launch top-four bids. The 23-year-old scored 23 Premier League goals last season and picked up the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards. Bale looks comfortable at Spurs, with the north London side set up to exploit the midfielder’s strengths. The Wales international could stunt his development with a switch to La Liga, where he may struggle to hold down a regular starting spot and will no longer be the big fish.
Villas-Boas building Spurs into title challengers
Tottenham’s decision to sack Harry Redknapp was roundly criticised in June 2012. As a result, Andre Villas-Boas took charge of Spurs with a lot of pressure on his shoulders, especially after a poor spell at Chelsea in the months preceding his appointment. However, the Portuguese coach has brought Tottenham to the next level and the north London side can count themselves unlucky to miss out on Champions League football. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has shown ambition in the market by trying to lure Brazil international Paulinho to the club. Villas-Boas will be hoping to add a few more shrewd signings to his squad to appease the Real Madrid target. Bale is key to Tottenham’s top-four challenge next term and if he stays, the midfielder has the chance build a legacy at White Hart Lane.
Welsh wizard should heed compatriot’s advice
Bale should listen to the advice of his compatriot Mark Hughes. The former Manchester United midfielder moved to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the middle section of his career, failing to shine in Bundesliga or La Liga. In 2012, Hughes said: “Yes I would [advise Gareth to stay put]. He’s playing at a good club that competes and is challenging for honours. There is no reason for him to leave. But he’s not making any noises in that regard. When asked the question, he answers it honestly saying maybe in the future. I don’t think he’s anticipating leaving any time soon”. Bale is currently the Tottenham talisman but at Madrid, he would fall under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, or play second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona. Despite admitting his admiration for La Liga, Bale is best suited to the Premier League with his pace and physicality key attributes.