Why There Is No Chance Real Will Sign Bale While Ronaldo Is Still At Madrid

The Tottenham winger continues to dazzle in the Premier League and is again being linked with a move to Real Madrid, but in reality it's just a way to bury bad news for Los Blancos...
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The Tottenham winger continues to dazzle in the Premier League and is again being linked with a move to Real Madrid, but in reality it's just a way to bury bad news for Los Blancos...

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Gareth Bale: He Won't Be Leaving Tottenham Hotspur While Ronaldo Is Still At Real Madrid

Burying bad news is the oldest PR trick in the book. So it was no surprise when after a brief tiff with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last month, Madrid sports daily Marca returned to doing its primary job by talking about Real’s plans for next season rather than how this one is rapidly spinning out of control.

The “left-footed Ronaldo” or Gareth Bale to you and I they claimed was to be Florentino’s first Galactico at the start of his new project. A project he is hoping will be handed to him by being re-elected as president in June. Such elections are hardly for the humble, candidates make outlandish claims as to who they will sign and normally overestimate their hand, although not always for the worst. When Joan Laporta ran for Barcelona’s top seat in 2003, he declared he would bring David Beckham to the Catalan capital. Instead, after being gazumped by Madrid, he had to settle for Ronaldinho.

However, by presidential boats Bale would seem an entirely achievable target. Even if Tottenham Hotspur qualify for the Champions League, they are not used to being in the position to turn away bids in the region of £40m for their prized assets as another transaction between the two clubs involved in the Luka Modric transfer demonstrated last summer.

The problem for Madrid is where would they play him? The man playing in Bale’s favoured position for Los Blancos is in the Welshman’s own estimation “the best player in the world.” Indeed many have taken Bale’s constant eulogies of Cristiano Ronaldo as a sign that he sees his future in the Spanish capital, but the more striking point is how Bale has moulded his own game to make himself look more like the Portuguese that the waxwork figure of Ronaldo that stands at Madame Tussauds.

As a result Bale has become a far better and more decisive player, similar to the evolution that Ronaldo’s own game went through in his first three years in Manchester before becoming the goalscoring machine that has terrorised defences for the past seven seasons. However, it would also be harder to place them both in the same side.

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Either Marca’s scouting of the 23-year-old has been wildly inaccurate or there was some wishful thinking involved when they described his best position as full-back. Had it not been for Harry Redknapp’s decision to move him forward from that position in the 2009-10 season he would most likely not even be at Spurs right now, let alone being linked with a move to the nine-times European champions.

He has even seemed less effective when playing Marca’s other suggested positions on the right or behind the main striker and there is a fairly talented queue of players looking for regular playing time in those positions at Madrid too as his former teammate Modric has found to his cost in his first season in Spain.

Tactical considerations are though unlikely to dissuade Perez from launching a headline grabbing raid for Bale. This was a man who sanctioned the signings of Zinedine Zidane, Figo, Brazilian Ronaldo and Beckham while boasting the likes of Ivan Campo, Aitor Karanka and Ian Helguera at the back.

It would though seem to open the door a little more to the possibility that Ronaldo's time in Madrid could be numbered. The Portuguese has refused to speak about a new contract despite his current deal being up in 2015. Should Madrid want to recoup a majority of the £80m they spent on him in 2009 they would have to do so in the summer with two years still left on his contract to get anywhere near his real value.

Which is why there remains hope for Spurs fans. As much as they admire Bale, no one in Madrid is willing to entertain the possibility of losing Ronaldo as a consequence. Why would they? After all, Bale himself recently set himself the target of being half as good as the former World Player of the Year. Something he is unlikely to do whilst watching Ronaldo from the proximity of the Madrid bench.