It’s impossible to avoid the Gareth Bale stories in today’s press, particularly when the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett is so happy to discuss Real Madrid’s reported interest in the Welshman.
“If Florentino [Pérez, the Real president] is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honour and we’d listen,” Mr Barnett said.
The agent then went on to intimate that Real would step up that interest having seen Neymar sign for Barcelona at the weekend.
“Bale is a better player than Neymar and he’s demonstrated it in one of the best leagues in the world,” Barnett added.
“I would imagine clubs want him not just because they missed out on Neymar but because of how good he is. He should be the first option, we’ll see … Bale is worth more than Neymar.”
But Mr Barnett also stated the current position as far as Spurs are concerned.
“But his contract is with Tottenham. We aren’t free to talk with anybody at the moment, that’s the point we’re at.”
So it’s going to be a fairly one-sided conversation if the agent can listen but not talk. Overall, it’s just a story that we hope will start to go away as quickly as possible but comments like these are hardly likely to end the speculation.