Tottenham Hotspur talisman Gareth Bale is apparently ready to sign a new, lucrative contract that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2017.
The new deal, alleged to be worth £130,000 per week to meet Bale's demands, was reported by the London-based daily Metro.
The article reports that:
Gareth Bale will celebrate his hugely successful campaign with Tottenham by signing a new contract worth £130,000 a week.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted the jewel in the White Hart Lane crown will stay at the club irrespective of whether or not they qualify for next season’s Champions League. [via metro.co.uk]
Depending on the report's authenticity, this revelation could put an end to the speculation over Bale's future that has dominated the April and May headlines for the past two seasons and should also provide a welcome respite for Spurs players, staff and fans, who undoubtedly have been hoping that their talisman will stay.
However, the article also states that Real Madrid are likely to try and coax the Welshman to the Spanish capital by matching Tottenham's £70 million valuation, with possible interest from Manchester United on the cards.
Keeping Bale would make the coming summer a much more enjoyable one for Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, who looks to shape his team around the No. 11 and take full advantage of his blossoming talent. Bale has improved year-on-year since arriving at White Hart Lane in 2007, growing from a promising left wing-back into a roving talisman who has proved so effective that he is given pretty much a free rein on the pitch.
A tally of 25 goals in 41 season appearances has elevated him onto the radar of Europe, who were already prowling after last season, and has seen him take this year's PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year awards. He is the first Tottenham player to score more than 20 league goals in a season since Jurgen Klinsmann in the 1994-95 season.
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