COMMENTARY | Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is hoping that Spurs star Gareth Bale will be keen on signing a new deal with the club sooner than later. Bale's most recent comments on the matter suggest that AVB is going to get his wish.
Bale, who had already been named PFA Player and Young Player of the year, told The Guardian the following on Thursday night after he was given the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award: "We set our agenda at the start of the season to qualify for the Champions League. We want to finish in the top four and it will feel like a disappointment if we don't get there. The club has grown every year and I've become a better player every year. We've had a taste of Champions League football and that's where we want to be again. That's where the club needs to be to get to the next level. That's what we're trying to do this season to lift the club to better things."
He went on to say that Spurs are "going in the right direction," praising Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for his work in improving the squad via transfer windows. Bale also credited Levy for Tottenham growing "the right way" and for doing so without spending beyond their means.
Villas-Boas was not at all shy when asked about the issue during his Friday press conference. "It would be good for him (to sign a new contract)," AVB stated. "I think he deserves it for the season he's had. Obviously we could put to bed every single speculation that's coming out. It would be excellent and I think a reward for what he has achieved this season."
Bale, who has been linked with giants such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, signed a four-year contract with Spurs last summer. That deal reportedly put him on £75,000 per week. According to multiple reports, Tottenham could be set to offer Bale a new four-year deal that would be worth £130,000 per week.
There are several reasons to believe Bale will remain with Tottenham for at least one more season even if the club doesn't earn Champions League football. All indications are that Bale and Villas-Boas have a strong relationship, something fans around the world caught a glimpse of after the Welsh wonder buried his goal of the year candidate at West Ham back in February. Bale and his girlfriend also have a young daughter (who happens to have the initials "AVB"), and there have been whispers that he may not yet be ready to move his family to a new country.
One cannot ignore the business side of the discussion. Spurs giving Bale such a wage increase would not break their bank assuming that they will sell forward Emmanuel Adebayor this summer. Adebayor, making around £100-110k per week according to reports, has been linked with multiple leagues, including Major League Soccer. Bale signing a new deal would also increase his worth on the market just that much more.
That final point may matter little, of course, if Levy isn't planning on cashing in on his most valuable asset.
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Zac has been covering Tottenham Hotspur, Major League Soccer, New York Red Bulls, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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