It’s tempting not to comment on the Gareth Bale stories but the news has talked of little else over the last few days. Even if you have the strongest of opinions on the matter then it’s interesting at least to look at comments made by those in the game.
In no particular order, there was this made by John Scales who was referred to in one newspaper as a former Spurs ‘star’.
“Gareth Bale should go to Real Madrid – great move for player and Spurs.”
Today’s press is widely quoting this from former manager David Pleat
“I think he’s a little bit young to go abroad and I doubt he’d find it easy,” Pleat said to BBC Sport.
“Many have failed when they have moved overseas. One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time.
“I think he is young to go, but he might feel that with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him. It might be better if he stayed, continued to work and maybe next summer leave if that is his wish.”
Those comments could also be justified when you look at the experiences of Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate.
Lastly, there’s the claim by Robbie Savage that Bale must move to Manchester United but we’ll pass on that.
So what’s your view as far as the club is concerned amidst suggestions that the fee offered could rise above £100m? And can you detach yourself and look at it from the player’s perspective – would Gareth be looking at previous failures right now – a list which might also include Luka Modric?