Jol: I would love to sign Bale

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Martin Jol has told Tottenham Hotspur that they would be making a mistake if they sold Gareth Bale.

The former Spurs boss signed the Welsh full-back from Southampton two years ago, but since then Bale has struggled  with injuries and form at White Hart Lane.

Jol, who is now in charge of Ajax even admitted that he would love to have him at the Dutch club, but would have to compete against the likes of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

The Dutchman told the Wales on Sunday: “I remember seeing him for the first time when he was 15 or 16. He played for Southampton against our reserves and he was outstanding.

“I saw those free-kicks, the corner kicks, the way he was up and down. He had that talent and he still has.

“Put it like this, I would love to have him.”

“When I got Gareth I promised his mum I would play him.

“That’s why he came to Tottenham because there was another choice for him, maybe people didn’t know that. But I knew he was good enough to play and he would get better by playing because he his a fantastic, fantastic player, one of the best talents on the left flank in Europe.

“Maybe a lot was expected of him at such a young age but it depends want you want from him.

“Attacking-wise he is a big talent but that isn’t the only thing. He has a few things he has to improve on, as all youngsters do, but they only come from experience.”

He added: “I don’t think people should worry about his future.

“He’s at a great club but also somewhere where you have to be 100 per cent, you have to defend 100 per cent and always be at your best.

“But he must play games, that is simple. If he plays games he will get better.

“Going abroad could be a good thing if he plays because that is the most important thing.

“Like I said, I said to his mum I would play him and I did. To promise that at clubs like AC Milan or Inter Milan is impossible.”

What do you make of Martin Jol’s comments?  Should Spurs hold onto Gareth Bale? – Whatever your view, have your say below.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know much about his situation but I have always been impressed with his talent. Give him games or he will go !

  2. Martin jol whas and still is a first class manager .He is spot on in his assesment of gareth i wont go into details of why martin got sacked because i have been well documented on other sites why martin and ramos got sacked .but i will give you a clue preston failed to get to the wembly play offs there manager could have been sacked .The sheffield goaly failed a drugs test and he saved sheffield on many occasions during the game there is my clue .We should keep bale or loan him to ajax he is still a kid and will be the new giggs fergie tryed to sign him .

  3. Bale is a great left sided talent. He should be retainewd by Spurs at all costs. If a loan spell would give him plenty of playing time, Then thats what should happen. Thats all he needs

  4. What is Martin on about? He is lining up to offer to take Bale on loan, which would be a better move than us selling him. Problem is, will the Dutch league be good enough to teach him how to defend? Lee Yong-Pyo was a legend in Holland :)

  5. I’m a big fan of the lad, but Ekotto was in great form for most of last season and outperformed Bale (judging from what both have contributed in their stints in the 1st team). I think the preaaure has been a bit much for Gareth, but I’d be thrilled to see him loaned to one of the less wealthy Premier League sides or perhaps Birmingham this season. He’d be tested in the proper setting and working with good coaches and players to develop his game, we’d still get to see him on TV and most important of all, he gets those extra 30/40 games under his belt. In an emergency we could even bring him back as cover if we get injuries too.

  6. Bale and O’Hara are the future of the left side…or why else would they still be with Spurs? I think if Spurs can pick up a first class striker and get rid of Keane then pick up a left winger who can push the two mentioned, they have plenty of top four talent at every position.

  7. ANY TRUE YID LOVES MARTIN JOL. JOL USED ARRY AS A WHOOPING BOY CONVINCING HIM TO BUY HIS DEADWOOD, DAVIS, MENDEZ, PAMAROT – RESPECT TO ARRY FOR TRYING AND FOR BEING 10X THE MAN RAMOS WAS BUT JOL IS THE MODERN GODFATHER OF WHITE HART LANE

  8. Agree with jol. Ekotto was good but Bale given a chance could be truly amazing. Similar thing can be said of Hutton. I really hope we don’t mess this up and sell the guy.

  9. Abe is spot on. We should be keeping the like of Bale & Hutton, Hutton is far better than Corluka, and Bale is better then Daaaaaaaave as I call him and will get better and better with more games. Just got to loss that whole cant win with Bale thing.

  10. Martin Jol was great! It’s nice to hear how Spurs fans still miss him. It’s not that I don’t love ‘Arry, but Jol’s departure was quite unfortunate. All I have to say to other teams is: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF BALE!!!!! He belongs to us and our future!

    COYS!!!!!

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