The Gareth Bale transfer saga should now be put to bed, after the winger confirmed this week that he never considered leaving Spurs this summer.
Bale, who has continued his world-class form into the new season, confirmed that he had no desire to leave the club in the summer, when quizzed after his side’s 3-1 victory over Reading on Sunday.
“No. I’ve always been focused on my game, playing football, and I’m enjoying myself here at the moment, so there’s no reason to go anywhere,” Bale maintained. “I’m enjoying my football. We’ve got a great squad now and hopefully next season we can get Champions League football, where we should be.”
The news will come as a great relief for Spurs fans placing a Premier League bet; the North London faithful have had to endure a pre-season full of transfer rumours.
Not even a new four-year contract could quell speculation of Bale’s departure, with Real Madrid and Manchester City the two mega-rich clubs thought willing to pay a huge fee for the player.
With Luka Modric’s sale to Madrid, the Spanish giants were out of the race and, thankfully, chairman, Daniel Levy, buffered speculation of the Welshman leaving, and he returned to White Heart Lane fully focused on Spurs this August.
Spurs do not need to sell him and Bale can achieve all he could wish for at the club. Boss, Andre Villas-Boas, has already invested the Modric money wisely and now has a squad capable of challenging for a top-four place.
Rarely does transfer speculation aid a player’s performances and Bale has done well to keep his head down during this disrupting time. Hopefully, his comments will put an end to these ridiculous exit rumours and the 23-year-old can concentrate solely on playing for Spurs.
Spurs are back in action on Thursday against Lazio, when Bale and co. will be hoping to overturn a disappointing home record in Europe.