News has just emerged from the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club that Gareth Bale has signed a new contract extension that will see the player of the year`s wages soar to £150,000 a week. However, the downside for Spurs is that the condition attaching to the deal is that Bale will be allowed to leave next season for a minimum of £50m.
Fans at the club will heave a sigh of relief, but their joy may be short lived as this is the first time that Tottenham have given any indication that Bale would be allowed to leave at all. Yesterday`s results mean that Tottenham will miss out on Champions League football for the second year running, despite spending in the transfer markets last season. That was the cue for the media to speculate that Bale would leave the club and go to one that is in the Champions League next season.
The deal with the club is similar to the one that kept Ronaldo at Manchester United for an extra season, after he had made clear his desire to leave for Real Madrid. Ronaldo honoured his one year extension and left the following season for a world record £80m. This news will also alert those clubs that would be able to afford such a transfer fee and who will also be in the Champions League. There will likely be a scrum around any transfer for Bale and he will be able to pick and choose who he feels will best serve his needs.
At least for now, fans of Tottenham Hotspur can rest easy, but the likely deal will only delay the inevitable and I expect to see Gareth Bale leave Tottenham at the end of next season.