The re-education of Gareth Bale.
Watching Gareth Bale dominate yet another Premiership side, there will again be increasing talk of our losing him in the summer.
However seeing the way he celebrated yet another outstanding goal and his recent success in a more central role, it did cross my mind that he might actually prefer to stay and only leave as the complete footballer, nit one that is outstanding, yet still improving and developing extra qualities to his game. Maybe wishful thinking on my part, but I have always had the feeling that Gareth has a very clear career agenda and though he definitely wants to show his qualities for and against the very best, I do think he is happy at Spurs and seeing the rewards of his and the clubs efforts to make him the complete player.
If Gareth has the ambition to develop as a greater attacking threat that plays through the middle as opposed to the confines of the wide areas, I think he might prefer the idea of waiting a little longer and leaving as an even better player than he already is. Can we imagine his status in getting twenty goals this season and doing even better next? Add to the possibility that Spurs could have the lure of Champions league football, and it might well be tempting to wait another season before making his big and career defining move.
Should Bale leave the Premiership, you don't see too many options for him to pick. Real Madrid have this 'special' Spurs relationship, but will they could also have a new manager that may or may not sway Gareth to wait and see what happens before joining. Of course a sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, seemingly Gareth's favourite player, could also swing things one way or another. Bale as Ronaldo's replacement, might be a perfect time to move or alternatively add extra pressure to shoulders that still feel there are things to learn.
Do Barca have the money or need? Would PSG be an option? Whilst I doubt that he see's Russia or another newly rich football nation being his dream move. I imagine that Daniel Levy would as usual be highly reluctant to allow Bale to join another English club, unless the bid was absolutely vast compared with what he could expect from abroad. So for me it leaves Real as favourites, with Barca, PSG and perhaps Bayern as possibles, in my opinion.
Bale will be 24 when the new season starts, so unless he has a desperate desire to move or feels he has to make a certain move when it is offered, I can easily see him staying for an additional year, whether we make the CL next season or not. As I write earlier, that may be wishful thinking, however he might also look at the Luka Modric move and feel that one more years experience and polish to his game, will make him a definite starter as opposed to someone who has to fight for his place, especially if he wants to make a more central role his position of choice, he may well not only have to re-educate himself to that position, but also prove he has the quality to shine in that position for the games elite...