Spurs could have a fight on their hands keeping hold of Gareth Bale after the winger admitted he prefers playing in the Champions League to the more ‘defensive’ Premiership.
The PFA player of the season has been linked with a move to United although, Real Madrid remain favourites to sign him as the Spanish giants have been reportedly preparing a record-breaking bid to bring the former Southampton star to the Bernabéu.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Bale said:
R20;When you play in the Premier League against a lower-end team, they set up to defend all the time,”
R20;They set up to block you off.
R20;But when you play in the Champions League, all the teams are used to winning every week so it’s more of an open attacking game, it’s end-to-end.”
R20;The music is a massive thing.
R20;When we first got into the Champions League, it was one of the things most of the lads were looking forward to, hearing it in the stadium.
R20;It’s things like that which make it special.”
Whether Spurs will sell their prized-asset remains to be seen, but should the winger decide he doesn’t want to stay at White Hart Lane then chairman Daniel Levy will without doubt want a massive fee for one of the world’s most sought after players. United can offer Bale the chance to play in the Champions League without moving abroad, something which he may prefer especially with a young family to think about.
Should he come down to a bidding war though, there’s little chance United can compete with Madrid who’ve a track record for signing the world’s most expensive players. Spurs fans seem confident that Bale will give them one more season, but if he loves the Champions League that much, he may just decided it’s one season too many. Watch this space…..