Date:Tuesday January 30 2007
Tottenham Hotspur are allegedly winning the race to sign the talented left-back although Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has assured Bale there is no rush in deciding whether his future lies at White Hart Lane:
"When you are trying to sign a 17-year-old it is a very big decision for him and his family and we are giving all the time in the world for them to make a decision," Levy told Sky Sports News.
Bale is said to have his eyes set on a move to Manchester United, although their interest has cooled in the last few days after Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Tottenham have the upper hand. The fact that Bale is an Arsenal supporter also suggests that a move to Spurs would not be in his best interests.
If Bale is seriously considering playing for Arsenal one day, then what would be the point in moving to Tottenham now when his development would be better if he was playing week in, week out for Saints? Bale should also look at what happened to the last Southampton player who moved to Tottenham: Dean Richards.
Richards was also an extremely promising defender who found out the hard way that leaving for bigger and better things can often leave you flat on your face. Other former Southampton players who have discovered this include Theo Walcott, James Beattie, Wayne Bridge and Hassan Kachloul.
Everyone expects Gareth Bale to move on one day, but I do not see why a move now is necessary if Bale is presently enjoying success at his current club. The choice is yours Gareth.
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