Gareth Bale completed an excellent week from a personal point of view by picking up the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award and in doing so he became the eighth Tottenham player to receive the accolade.
As the trophies came Gareth’s way, it was always going to be inevitable that links with a move away from the club would gather pace and so it’s proved. Firstly, there were claims that Real Madrid would make a determined effort to get their man this summer while an isolated report last night claimed to have ITK information about a transfer into Manchester United.
While the gossip floods in, head coach Andre Villas-Boas denied that Bale’s future at the club depended on whether we qualify for the Champions League or not.
“I would be extremely surprised (if he left),” AVB said.
“In football anything can happen. It’s impossible to predict, but this is the assurance I have had from the club.
“We understand that the more awards the more recognition the player will have, the more media attention, but the club has to move forward by holding onto its best players.”
Meanwhile, Bale himself said he was delighted with his third award of the week but it looks set to be an intense summer of rumour surrounding the player’s future.