Aug 1, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is messing around, and it’s hurting his team.
With every journalist known to man reporting that Real Madrid are ready, willing, and able to pay Tottenham Hotspur to pair Gareth Bale alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Spurs have found their spark.
The club has missed out on the Champions League just barely – and I mean just barely – the last two seasons. They need to do something to get them over the hump.
With Gareth Bale’s bursting onto the superstar scene, many believed he would lead them to the Champions League and beyond. That didn’t happen.
As much as Bale did last year, the lesson should have been learned by Levy that Bale is just one player, and can only do so much – even if that is 21 league goals.
The fact that Real Madrid are willing to pay such a high sum of money for just one player is a whole other topic, but with them apparently digging into their pockets for a massive wad of cash, it’s Levy’s chance to make his squad much better.
And yet he’s simply refusing to cooperate.
He is refusing acknowledge the bid from Real Madrid, and with Gareth Bale’s head turned by the club that wants him so badly, Levy won’t even chat with his player. It’s a whole lot of nothing from the chairman as the world continues to turn around him.
Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has vowed not to quit, which pretty much hands Levy all the leverage. But eventually, enough will be enough.
If that time comes, all Levy will be left with is a frustrated and angry Gareth Bale who doesn’t want to play anymore. His contract doesn’t expire until 2016, so there’s no worry that he’ll leave on a free, but you can be sure he doesn’t want to play at White Hart Lane anymore.
It’s Luka Modric all over again. If you remember, Spurs were essentially forced to sell the Croatian central midfielder to Real when Modric all but stopped caring at White Hart Lane and became a shell of his former self. After a host of rumors for years the sale was completed quite unceremoniously.
What Levy can’t see is that as world-class as Gareth Bale is, £100 million ($151 million) is way way better.
You could purchase an entire Europa League squad with that kind of money. And with the players already in place, a few top-class signings with that money would do the trick.
$151 million could buy you: the Premier League top-scorer in Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria who Spurs have coveted, another Jan Vertonghnen who performed so well last season in defense, and have about $40 million left over for wages, if not more.
You get the point. There’s about a thousand combinations that would work for Spurs. But there’s not much time left in the window to make the Bale sale and turn the money around to better the club.
Real are ready. Bale is ready. The only thing they need now is for Daniel Levy to wake up and smell the coffee.
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