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Bringing back Gareth Bale would make Tottenham title contenders next season

The Welshman’s return would no doubt please Spurs fans.

Josh Kerr

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Tottenham Hotspur should bring back Gareth Bale to north-London if Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The deal would make sense for both clubs as Daniel Levy attempts to find a marquee signing to heighten the clubs status as Spurs move into their new state of the art stadium next season.

Bale may also be facing the axe from 12-time Champions League winners Real Madrid due to the La Liga side’s growing impatience with the Welsh winger.

While Bale’s extraordinary talents have been underappreciated in Spain for the last two seasons, a return to the club that defined him as one of the world’s best may just be the revival the former Spurs hero needs.

Madrid have struggled to keep the pace in the league domestically this season, surrendering to bitter rivals Barcelona, having fallen 18-points behind the newly crowned champions.

The gap in La Liga has led to fans demand a reshuffle of the squad and, despite making the Champions League final for the third year running, supporters will feel the season has been underwhelming by their high standards.

Bale joined Los Blancos back in the summer of 2013 for a fee, reported by BBC Sport, to be in the region of £85 million – a then world record signing.

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The Welsh international was superb in his debut season and has since won three Champions League trophies in his time at the Bernabeu.

However, injuries in the last couple of years have restricted Bale’s impact for the Spanish giants.

Despite the forward scoring 14 goals and providing eight assists in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, the hostile Madristas will undoubtedly demand added firepower in the summer window.

A move for Bale would be complicated with Tottenham’s strict wage budget.

However, after three successive top-four finishes, and with a new stadium on the horizon, they may feel it’s necessary to break the bank to bring the Wales star back.

Bale will, no doubt improve, the Lilywhite’s already impressive starting eleven.

With the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in their ranks, the 28-year-old could be the final piece of the puzzle to help close the gap on Manchester City.

Spurs will most likely have to spend more than the £85 million fee they initially sold him for, but Levy needs to be prepared to spend big this summer or get left behind by his top-flight rivals.

The signing of Bale will not just be the Lilywhites buying a former north-London hero, but one of the most decorated players in world football.

The Welshman’s arrival would also bring Spurs that trophy winning experience that Pochettino’s side so desperately need if they are to win their first domestic honour in over a decade.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Fresh Erik Lamela could be key for Tottenham Hotspur next season

Tottenham Hotspur will hope the Argentine can remain fit this season.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur secured the long-term future of two first-team regulars this weekend, with Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela both signing new deals.

It has certainly not been plain sailing for either player during their time in North London. After a disappointing first season, the South Korean was nearly sold back to Germany. Lamela, on the other hand, has had to battle several injury and personal problems.

Signed in the wake of Gareth Bale’s exit to Real Madrid the Argentine became Tottenham’s record signing. Spurs paid Roma £30 million for the player in the summer of 2013.

But despite showing his best at times for Spurs and become a cult hero with one section of Tottenham fans, injuries have blighted him.

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There was back trouble first and then a hip problem. The latter kept him out of action for over a year.

After returning to action in November he started just seven Premier League games but this season could be huge for the 26-year-old.

He has already impressed in pre-season, netting a hat-trick against Southend United. After a bit-part 2017-18 season which saw Lamela nursing his way back into first-team football, he will be fully fit this term.

Fresh, fit and with the bit between his teeth Tottenham could have a different beast on their hands with Lamela this term.

Hopefully, he can discover the form he showcased in the 2015-16 campaign.

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Rumours linking Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier with Real Madrid way off the mark

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Transfer season always brings about some bizarre speculation and rumours, yet perhaps the most ridiculous of all this summer involves Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.

The England international was one of the Three Lions’ best performers in Russia at the World Cup and caught the eye, particularly with his impressive free-kick goal in the semi-final against Croatia.

Now The Sun report that he is subject to interest from Real Madrid who are pondering a £50 million move.

However, they could not be further than the truth. Julen Lopetegui’s squad was already strong at right-back having Spain international duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho, both of whom featured at the World Cup and they’ve since added £31 million signing Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.

(<> on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

That signing of Spain’s third choice full-back led to the decision to loan youngster Achraf Hakimi to Borussia Dortmund for two years as Lopetegui was unconvinced that he would get regular game time which he needs at this stage in his career.

With the club also desperately seeking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with a marquee signing, which won’t come cheap, it seems ludicrous to suggest that they would contemplate spending £50 million on a fifth right-back.

The Sun justify their claims with a bizarre suggestion, purely based on the fact that Trippier shares an agent with the same company that include Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s agent. That being the man who has frequently spoken out to demand more game time for his client and hardly endeared himself to the powers that be at the Bernabeu.

“Trippier, though, is represented by the Stellar Group — the firm headed by Jonathan Barnett, which negotiated Gareth Bale’s then world-record £86m transfer to the Bernabeu from Tottenham back in 2013.”

The Sun’s explanation of the rumour.

On reflection, it is clear that there is no substance to such a suggestion and seems likely that Tottenham fans have very little to worry about.

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The media obsession with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha should be ignored

The winger is being heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.

Max Cohen

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Ask any Crystal Palace fan their least favourite part of the summer, and one answer will stand out: the endless media obsession about the future of Wilfried Zaha.

After further reports in The Times, Mirror, and The Sun linking the Ivory Coast international with a move away from Selhurst Park, Palace supporters should tune out the noise and focus on the facts of the matter.

Zaha is currently under contract at Selhurst Park, having signed a five-year deal just over a year ago. Despite the rumoured interest from the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace hold all the cards in the situation.

And, to add to their strong position, manager Roy Hodgson has made it very clear he has no intention of selling the winger when speaking to football.london last week:

“What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract. There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too. He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”

(during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

This strong statement from the Palace manager is the only thing that holds significance with regards to the Zaha saga. At the end of the day, there can be as much speculation and interest from clubs as possible, but if the club is not willing to sell then the player will stay put.

Additionally, the reports that Zaha is unsettled at Palace seem like nothing more than sensational claims. This is a player who expressed his love for the fans and the club as recently as April, talking to the Eagles’ official website after a win against Brighton.

“Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else.”

In all, one must focus on what is relevant in the Wilfried Zaha transfer saga: the actual words of the figures involved.

With Zaha expressing his happiness and Hodgson making it clear no sale is forthcoming, the media obsession over the winger’s Selhurst Park exit appears unfounded.

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