A source close to Tottenham Hotspur football club tells the Harry Hotspur blog that Gareth Bale, the one time darling of White Hart Lane could well be in his way ‘home’.
Of course this is a rumour that has been propositioned on numerous occasions previously, and one must add, routinely greeted with polarized reactions. With the Welshman, now 30, it seems to be either “welcome home!”, or “no thanks, he’s crocked”, with little offered in-between.
Yes the Real Madrid stars’ best years are behind him, but there’s no denying we’re still looking at a player of the very highest calibre. These talks are real and they are advanced.
Wages are another thorny issue. However, moving his family to China is no longer an option after the league now operates with a wage cap. It is therefore a struggle to see how Bale could realistically demand his current £600,000-a-week deal from any new employer in the West.
At Tottenham, Gareth Bale could be sure of fanbase that wouldn’t turn on him, and the wisdom of Jose Mourinho to manage him.
It’s fair comment that things have moved on from the “he’s too expensive, and too susceptible to injury” replies. This could be a deal that worked out in everyone’s favour.