Questions over Gareth Bale’s future began again yesterday. The Evening Standard suggested that Europe’s elite clubs would be ready to pounce if Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Tottenham have a must win game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight with both teams battling for a place in the top four.
If Chelsea win their qualification would be all but secure. Their goal difference is so superior to Tottenham’s that it would take a highly improbable set of results for the North London club to topple them. This would leave Tottenham hoping that Arsenal drop points against either Wigan or Newcastle.
Europe’s top clubs ready to bid
If that doesn’t happen then Tottenham will miss out on Champions League football for a third year in a row. The likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona could then try to tempt Bale away from Tottenham.
The London newspaper says that all three clubs are expected to make bids of at least £40m for the PFA and Football Writer’s Player of the Year.
However, Tottenham are confident that the Welsh star will stay at the club. He is happy at White hart Lane and has a great relationship with his teammates, fans and manager Andre Villas-Boas.
AVB said: “The player is here to remain, independent of Champions League qualification being achieved or not. The club have to move forward by holding on to their best players.”
There are no fears that Bale will try to force a move away and the club hope he will sign a new four year contract worth £130k-a-week.