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Gareth Bale set to re-sign with Tottenham – But is it a good deal for the Welshman?

May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

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Gareth Bale is ready to commit at least one more year to Tottenham Hotspur after agreeing in principle to a new contract with improved wage terms and a release clause that can be triggered at the end of next season.

While the contractual specifics are still being worked out, The Guardian is reporting that Bale’s new salary will top off at £150,000 per week and that the deal will likely include a £50m release clause that can be triggered at the close of next season. The contract would represent a significant wage increase on Bale’s current deal where he’s already Spurs’ highest-ever wage earner at £100,000 a week.

The current contract, which Bale signed last July, still has three years remaining on the deal. If formally offered, the new deal would mark the sixth contract Spurs have offered Bale in six years at the club. And apparently, the club isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer as chairman Daniel Levy has informed Bale that there is no prospect of him being sold this summer.

No prospect? How does Daniel Levy figure?

Has he already forgotten what happened when he tried to pin down Luka Modric with this ‘no sale’ line of bull? That’s what Levy told the Crotian playmaker in the summer of 2011 when he expressed his desire to move on to a larger club. And for 12 months Modric sat in the corner like a child on ‘time-out’ with his face buried in his hands, bewildered and lost. Until finally, one of his peers finally nudged him and explained that regardless of the drivel that comes out of his shafting chairman’s mouth, Modric, is the one with the real power.

And so he walked. Went AWOL. Gonzo. And what happened?

It worked. Modric got his transfer to Real Madrid while Levy pissed and moaned over accepting a £30m transfer fee.

Point being, Bale needs to know that he is the one with the power here. Not Levy.

Bale is the one with the speed of a cheetah and heart of a lion. Bale is the one with the blessed left foot and the ability to dominate in any number of positions on the field. Bale is the one who’s 21 league goals earned him the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year, PFA’s Young Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and the Barclay’s Premier League Player of the Year.

So why would Bale want to stay at Spurs?

First and foremost, he’s a homebody who likes to be close to his family. Makes sense. The £50,000 increase in salary also makes a difference as well. Not to mention the fact that Bale has a new endorsement with BT Sport and that he genuinely seems to like the Spurs family. All good reasons.

So why should the Welshman consider leaving White Hart Lane?

It starts with money. Let’s be honest – £150,000 per week is not a lot of dough, especially when you’re the best player in the league. At that rate he’ll still be miles behind the likes of Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who are all on more than £200,000 per week. Ridiculous.

Yes, one could argue that if he were to join Real Madrid or Barcelona he would have to give up as much as half of his image rights, but he’d be doing so at a major salary increase and on a better platform to command greater endorsements. For example, Bale currently has a modest Adidas deal worth approximately £2m a year. If he were playing at either of the Spanish giants or a club like Bayern Munich, there’s little doubt that Adidas would be doubling or tripling that money.

A move to the continent would also provide Bale with Champions League football. It’s a stage that all the best footballers want to perform on but for someone like Bale – who, as a Welshman, is unlikely to ever play in the World Cup or the Euros – it’s absolutely crucial. Another season of bashing around in the Europa League simply isn’t going to do him any good, physically or psychologically.

Finally, a move to a larger club will reduce the weight on his shoulders. Contrary to popular opinion, Spurs are by no means a ‘one-man club’ but there’s no getting around the fact that by scoring nine game-winning goals he handed his club an additional 18 points, the difference between finishing 5th and 8th. He simply can’t be expected to duplicate that feat next year. And, if surrounded by the world-class players of Barca, Madrid or Munich, he won’t be expected to do so.

What a relief that could be.

  1. midtec2005 - May 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    He may also want to achieve the goal of reaching the Champions league with Tottenham. He may feel like he owes that to the fans. I think it’s really cool to see him come back, if he does. Of course I’m biased, I can’t understand everyones obsession with going to Spain. I’d rather go to Man. U. or Germany.

    • dumbassgreg - May 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      he maybe smart enough to know the grass is not always greener elsewhere. he still making serious cash in place he knows and is comfortable already.have been and will continue to cheer for tottenham to break into the big four teams at top of the table.

  2. scottp11 - May 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    First off, I think everyone is forgetting that Spurs made it to the Quarterfinals of the CL in 2010-11 where Bale already firmly engrained himself in Tottenham lore with some magical performances, notable against Inter. So they’ve been there, he’s been there. He knows what it feels like. Now can they get back, and consistently with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all trending upwards? Who knows.

    It has been reported that Adebayor’s new contract is paying him some top-dollar figures, around 100-120k. It’s said that Bale is now at, equal or just above Ade.

    Also, should be noted that the players you listed all have several years on Bale. Toure, RVP, Tevez are at/near 30, Rooney is 27 and had legend tag early on. Bale is still 23. Should age matter in terms of skill? Perhaps not, but he’ll be making their money within the next couple year, no doubt.

    But yes, overall, Spurs need to improve. He’s still young and, for now, seems to be content with being a big fish in a small pond. Personally, I’d rather play for Spurs (or a similar level of club), create my own legacy and play 90min every match, rather than fight for playing time, deal with drama, circus, media, etc. at United, Chelsea, Real, Barca and so on.

  3. dumbassgreg - May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    why would he want to play in italy or spain. their leagues like their countries are about to collapse. if he was too move either in england or germany makes more sense. also they play tougher brand of football. not all diving and crying of italy or spain.

  4. aarongrayswitzer - May 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I disagree with your assessment of the Modric situation.

    Levy did not want to sell him to cross town rival Chelsea and didn’t. Modric had a great season (didn’t sit in the corner or look bewildered and lost) and then Levy held out until the bitter end the following summer with RM trying to squeeze them to try to get the highest fee he could. When Modric skipped a few practices, Levy fined him and then Modric apologized and returned to practice. I would hardly say that was Modric realizing he held all the power.

  5. bellerophon30 - May 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    There’s something to be said for simply being happy where you are. Unfortunately football doesn’t much care for that feeling, and Bale is eventually going to be hounded into going somewhere else. Even if FFP is implemented, he’s not going to win an EPL title at Spurs without serious luck involved. Not going to happen. His best chance for a title would be a Europa League campaign next year, and that’s not going to be enough for some people.

    So if Real or Barca offer enough to Levy for Bale, he’ll take it. Period. And by he, I mean both of them. Otherwise Bale will soon find himself being Robin Van Persie, jumping ship just to win something. And Levy is the type to sell high, Bale will probably never be this valuable an asset again.

  6. schmutzdeck - May 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Bale is a big boy and I presume he has a far better handle on his situation than anyone here.

    AlI would say is, Brian Mullan, Nigel De Jong, Jonny Evans, etc.

    He’s one bad tackle away from being a pub league player for the rest of his life or even never playing again.

    That’s why I would never criticize any young athlete for taking the money.

  7. wfjackson3 - May 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    “Has he already forgotten what happened when he tried to pin down Luka Modric with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?”

    First, Luka never really wanted to be there. Second, you don’t have the latitude with us as PST readers to editorialize this much. Last time I checked Levy is a little bit further along in his career. Take it easy man.

  8. Paul Rafferty - May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Reblogged this on ENGLISH LANGUAGE REVIEW 4U.

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