I have an antidote for this poisonous speculation.
And so the media circus has once again rolled into town with the recycled stories about the Spurs’ prized left-winger Gareth Bale being courted by other top European clubs. Coincidentally, these repetitive stories resurfaced a day after the Spurs narrowly missed out on Champions League football and a league finish above Arsenal. It’s almost as if these news providers want him to join Real Madrid just for the thrill of being able to say they “told me so” or are “bringing me an exclusive.”
I have made myself numb to this and have not fallen for it this time. I can categorically give you an exclusive—Bale will remain a Spurs player next season. I shall enlighten you as to why:
British Telecom, a phone, internet and television service in the UK, recently commissioned their very own sports channel—BT Sport—where they will be broadcasting a load of live Premier League games in the 2013/14 season, their first ever year. Gareth Bale “signed up” to them as an “ambassador” in a bid to pull in more viewers to watch him as well as other top footballers playing in arguably the best league in the world.
Now, if he went to Real Madrid, or any other foreign club, he wouldn’t be on BT Sport in these live Premier League games, rendering his contract to the sports channel pointless and quite expensive to release him from. Real Madrid would need to run a gauntlet of the toughest of negotiators in Daniel Levy and then BT Sport themselves if they wanted to buy him. Why would BT Sport give up their own “signing of the season” which was going to pull in the viewers? It wouldn’t be economically viable for them. It would be a major letdown for anyone hoping to watch the Welshman at the top of his form in that league.
As for Bale himself, the contract with BT Sport is basically money for nothing. All he has to do is turn up and play whenever the Spurs are featured on the new channel. I’m not too sure if he’ll be partaking in punditry for them on the side, though!
Third-party interest is rumoured to be what kept Moutinho from leaving Porto for Tottenham last season (although he has since signed for AS Monaco). For once, third-party interest in Bale has benefited Tottenham, as far as reasoning for him to stay is concerned. BT Sport would have something to say about Real Madrid nicking their secret weapon of revenue, let alone Tottenham fans.
Anything above £60 million is a large sum for Madrid, but with all things considered, Madrid should juts drop it and move on. It’s all to one-way with this supposed ‘special relationship’ with Madrid. They have never willingly offered us any players but then when they decide to poach our top players, we bend over and even help to pull down our trousers and undies for it. That is a special relationship indeed…!
Bale not for sale. Deal with it Pellegrini. Unless you want to offer US a player for once. £60m plus Benzema or £60m plus Higuain….yeh didn’t think so. Go chase after Suarez. At least he actually has expressed a true inclination to leave his club.Follow @TrfficTottenham