The Gareth Bale rumour mill still continues to plague the media, but now the wild speculation and subterfuge of earlier summer months has seemingly manifested into concrete talks between the club and Real Madrid. The evidence has begun to add up to a Bale exit, mainly the preemptive efforts to secure the £30 million left winger Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala and the versatile Erik Lamela from Roma. Levy and Baldini’s efforts to bring in reinforcements in what would be Bale’s position suggests the club is preparing to lose Bale to Madrid.
With a lot of teams, when their top player starts to want out of the club it can stir up a sour attitude in the camp. Sometimes what can follow a big name departing is a domino effect of players leaving or a “sinking ship” mentality at the club, yet Tottenham’s squad is holding firm and resolute in the face of Bales impending transfer to Madrid. In an interview with Gylfi Sigurdsson the player claims the team have simply gotten on with their business and haven’t let the Bale saga fester any malcontent within the squad.
“I think we’ve dealt with (the Bale situation) quite well,” Sigurdsson told the press.
“The club has dealt with it really well as well. Us as players, we can’t really do anything. We just keep training.”
Sigurdsson himself has started this season brightly, with a positive performance against Palace where he operated behind Soldado in a playmaker role. His intelligent positioning and smart passing game allows him to link up our midfielders and forwards, Gylfi is a player with real potential and adds a certain fluidity to the team. However the young Icelandic international is but one of many players competing for the no.10 pocket behind the striker, including Lewis Holtby and soon the skillful Lamela if Spurs can clinch the deal with Roma.
“Hopefully there’ll be one or two more to strengthen our squad because it’s a long season, many competitions, we need a lot of good players.” Sigurdsson
“We’ve had a good pre season. It’s been difficult for them to come in, they need to know how we play and we need to know how they play.
“A few more games and everyone will know each other a lot better.”
Sigurdsson himself has hailed AVB and Levy’s positive transfer policy this summer and recognizes that he will have to fight for his position in what is a very strong team. The young playmaker may not be the first name on the team sheet each week but he is a valuable player to the squad and this season could really see him grow into a quality player.
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