Gareth may have fallen out with some things but he’s still in love with football
BALE READY TO REMIND WORLD HOW GOOD HE REALLY IS SAYS AGENT
YOU have to admit he has a point.
We do not have too many footballers in Britain who have lifted four Champions League trophies – yet Gareth Bale appears not to be getting the credit he so richly deserves.
So, it is little wonder his agent Jonathan Barnett has come out fighting on his behalf.
After leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 for a then- world record fee of £ 85million, Bale has lifted 12 major trophies, including two league titles.
He is also the top- scoring British player in La Liga – with 80 goals and 40 assists in 171 appearances.
The fanfare around his return to Tottenham last week was far from unjustified. And yet Barnett felt forced to take it upon himself to fight the Welsh forward’s corner this week with a round of interviews.
Pulling no punches – and perhaps intending to sever his client’s ties with the Madrid club – he said: “Hopefully the subject [ of returning to Real] won’t come up. He will be so successful at Tottenham he’ll want to stay and it will be a simple deal to do the rest.
“This is the club he wants to play at. I don’t see any problems if he wants another year.”
Bale has a one- year loan deal at Spurs, with the option for a second that would take him to the end of his Real contract.
His last few seasons were ravaged by injuries, sections of Real’s support booed him while boss Zinedine Zidane said it “would be best for everyone” if Bale left in July 2019.
Barnett said: “In my opinion, he wasn’t treated correctly for somebody who has done so much for a great club.
“I think that things were wrong. It’s hard to put one finger on it but I think somebody who has achieved what he has achieved for a club, in seven years, should have been treated better. I don’t want to blame anybody or go into it. I think what the fans did was disgraceful and the club didn’t help. That’s all I really want to get into.
“For seven years everybody’s been saying, ‘ Gareth Bale doesn’t speak Spanish’ – Gareth Bale speaks Spanish!
“Everybody’s been saying, ‘ Gareth Bale doesn’t care about football’ – Gareth Bale loves football, he’s never fallen out with football.
“He may have fallen out with other things – but not playing football – and I hope back at Tottenham people will realise and stop talking complete and utter rubbish.
“What I hope is he’ll get his love back for the game and play the way he can, but it’s up to him. And he’s not on trial anywhere. He’s achieved more than any other, I think, British footballer abroad, so I think he is fine.”
By contrast, the 31- year- old Bale is still adored at Tottenham, although the London club’s fans will have to wait until the middle of October for him to make his debut after a knee problem picked up on Wales duty.
Asked how the move came about, Barnett added: “Basically it was a conversation between [ Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and myself where the subject came up.
“I suggested it and Daniel was interested. So, that’s basically how it was done.
“No magic, just long chats. Daniel Levy’s been interested in bringing Gareth back for a long time.
“There was always a reason why it couldn’t happen. Just this was the right moment.”