As United fans come to terms with the idea that one former North London idol may not be joining our ranks this season, comes the double whammy that another current North London idol wont be joining either.
United’s pursuit of Gareth Bale seems to have hit a brick wall with reports that the former Saints star is staying at Spurs.
The Guardian notes:
The Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Gareth Bale’s agent regarding a new contract for the Wales international as they attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid.
But, speaking at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas was optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane.
The Portuguese said: R20;There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent.
R20;We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.
R20;Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.”
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to Reds as unlike Wayne Rooney, or even Robin Van Persie when he was at Arsenal, Bale has always seemed fairly happy at Spurs, including during this Summer.
It’s easy to criticise one of the world’s best players for not wanting to play Champions League football this season, but at a time when loyalty is a four letter word amongst football players maybe it’s time to just to appreciate his desire to repay his club’s early faith and move on.