Is it time for Tottenham to cash in on Gareth Bale?

Tottenham Hotspur have progressed steadily under Andre Villas-Boas and now are fourth in the league table with only seven points behind second placed Manchester City. The North London side are still far from being a complete team and few new faces are expected to join in the January transfer window. Once again Gareth Bale has come out as a player extraordinaire for them. The winger has scored six goals in the league so far. But his contribution to the team goes far beyond scoring and providing assists only. His omnipotent presence galvanizes the side each and every time.

This brings us to the discussion, whether Spurs should cash in on the player now?

First of all, Bale has signed a four year contract in June 2012, committing his future until 2016. So, there is no fear of losing him for nothing at the moment based on contract situations. If top clubs want to buy him even two years from now, his sale will recoup sufficient amount of money.

What’s important here is the player is ambitious and feels he must play regular Champions League games to further his career. Spurs cannot provide that at the moment but come next season, they might be in a very good position to offer him that platform. They are on the rise and may well cement the third or the fourth spot after the season ends. So, financially Spurs will be taken care of and with more quality players coming in they can build a strong platform for the future, if not already.

The only fly in the ointment is, the clubs who are chasing the player are none other than Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The lure of playing at the two of the best clubs in the world is hard to quantify and it defies logic.

Cristiano Ronaldo was doing outstandingly well at Manchester United. He won silverwares with them and also personal glory but still when Madrid came up with ridiculous offers he just couldn’t refuse. It’s a dream for every footballer to play at those clubs. Bale is of no exception. If he decides to leave in near future, the club should sell him and recoup as much money as they can like what Man Utd did with Ronaldo. Keeping in mind of Daniel Levy’s caliber of negotiating things, one can be rest assured about Spurs getting pots of money if at all the Welshman is sold in near future.

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