The end of the season along with Tottenham’s failure to make the Champions League has brought the inevitable questions and rumours on Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham. Two reports in yesterday’s papers offered contrasting views on what will happen during the summer.
Gareth Bale is every top club’s Number 1 target. After the season he has had, it has only increased their desire to sign the FWA and PFA Footballer of the Year and Young Player of the Year. A considerable number of the top clubs are currently in the process of appointing new managers so are unlikely to be in a position to carry on transfer negotiations until their new managers are in place. This could give Tottenham time to put forward their best offers to retain his services.
Andre Villas-Boas has talked positively on the subject, expecting Bale to remain at White Hart Lane for another season. After the win over Sunderland, AVB told BBC,
“If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets and this is what I have been told from the top.”
Two contrasting reports appeared in the newspapers concerning Bale’s future contract and the chances of him remaining with Spurs.
The Times reported that Bale was in discussions over signing a new contract said to be worth £130,000-a-week. The contract would probably contain a release clause that he would be able to leave should a top club make an offer of over £50 million. They based their view that he would sign on that he was settled in London, that he was not yet wanting to move abroad and that he had a good working relationship with AVB.
From the Times report,
‘Spurs are confident that there will be no last minute hitches or late changes of heart. No announcement of his new contact is imminent, according to the White Hart Lane club.’
The Daily Mail reported that Bale had demanded £200,000 per week which would be a difficult figure for Tottenham to achieve with their current financial position. The report states that Bale is expected to commit his future to Tottenham for at least another year but it will need a considerable rise from his current salary of £110,000.
The Mail sub-heading read,
‘Pay me £200k a week to stay, star tells Spurs.’
A salary like that would help to ward off any attempts for clubs like Real Madrid who are likely to make an offer during the summer transfer window. That level of salary would put Bale on a par with the other top earners in the Premier League.
An interesting comment on a get-out clause in any new contract for Gareth Bale was tweeted by @mrjoshuadoyle
If there is a clause to allow Bale to leave next summer do we think he would stay if we finished top four?
— Joshua Doyle (@mrjoshuadoyle) May 21, 2013
Good NewsWhile there is disagreement in the press over the scale of salary Gareth Bale would expect/demand if he were to sign a new contract with Tottenham, the encouraging news is that Bale is expected to remain at Spurs for at least another season. This would allow Andre Villas-Boas the opportunity to develop further his Tottenham project. He must, however, receive the right backing from the Chairman, Daniel Levy, in the coming transfer window.