bwin are odds-on that Gareth Bale will remain a Tottenham Hotspur player beyond the end of the summer transfer window after manager Andre Villas-Boas stated that the club would reject any overtures for the forward from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Bale’s future has been the subject of much speculation for months, although that has intensified since the end of last season following Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
The 23 year-old’s wonderful campaign, during which he scored 31 goals for Spurs and Wales, saw him voted both PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year and made him one of the most in-demand forwards in world football.
But Spurs boss Villas-Boas is looking to reshape his squad with a number of signings this summer and sees the Welshman as integral to next year’s bid for the top four – a view apparently shared by his chairman Daniel Levy.
The White Hart Lane money-man drives a hard bargain and the former Porto coach said that Levy has guaranteed him that Bale will not be sold during this window.
“We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club,” Villas-Boas was quoted as telling Spanish newspaper Marca.
In light of those comments, bwin go 17/20 that Tottenham keep hold of their star asset until January at the earliest.
Yet despite that price, we also offer 17/20 that Bale is a Real Madrid player by the September 3rd.
The La Liga giants have made no secret of their admiration for the Wales international, with both president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane publicly declaring they would be prepared to pay a world record fee for the former Southampton man.
Manchester United are known to be long-standing admirers of Bale and they are quoted at 6/1 to sign the forward, while cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain, also heavily linked with a world-record move, are 7/1 to prise him from White Hart Lane.
It is 16/1 and bigger that Bale joins another club this summer.