Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham had, up until a few hours ago, become a rather wearisome tale, which usually cropped up when the Spanish press were sinking their teeth into the Welshman. At this point, I will acknowledge that the entire soap opera surrounding Bale’s love/hate relationship with the Real Madrid fanbase is something I’ve found frankly unfathomable. However, here we are, at a point where it looks as if the boy is on the brink of return to the club where the magic all began.
A major bookmaker closed its books on Bale to Tottenham this morning, which only serves to remind us how betting permeates the world of professional sports, even when we’re not actually watching them live. So it is worth being aware that self exclusion from online casino in UK is now easily available, allowing all of us to simply take a frequently welcome break from all gambling sites licensed to operate in Great Britain for free, and one can pick the option that best suits you, from a period of 6 months, 1 year or even 5 years.
The first question one would have to ask would be, ‘is this is a sound move? For Bale himself it is a distinct no-brainer. Whilst fans are denied access to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium for now, when they do return, the adulation is likely to be rather unparalleled. The Daily Mail have already determined how Spurs might look.
That said, some fans doubt the authenticity of the move, citing the myriad injuries the 31-year-old has picked up routinely over the course of his career. In fact, the objections about Bale’s age in some quarters are quite deafening. Now might be a good point for a timely reminder, that Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is 34 this season and still banging in goals for fun for the Foxes, yet Gareth Bale is supposedly past it at 31? No, that objection makes very little sense.
Real Madrid are unusually in a position with very few coherent options. Keeping the player on full pay, and not to pick him would be a colossally expensive charade. Selling the player brings with it the onerous business of Bale’s huge salary, thought to be some £600,000 a week. Even a 50% subsidized version of that amount is still eye-watering form most clubs, in these incredibly challenging COVID-19 times, where all clubs are minus their normally handsome match-day revenues.
For Jose Mourinho, this would be a windfall, however not the conclusion to this transfer window that he might have been expecting when it opened. The Portuguese still needs another striker, still needs another left back, maybe more. The deal was branded a ‘sticking plaster’ by The Mail Online’s Oliie Holt this morning, and the journalist may make a good point.