Former Wales manager and legendary coaching figure, John Toshack, has urged Gareth Bale to start making his own choices in the future.
Bale is managed by world-renowned agent, Jonathan Barnett, and has struggled at times during his time in Madrid, and now with Spurs.
Like Mino Raiola, Barnett does not seem averse to getting involved in the public eye. He’s spoken on more than one occasion about Bale’s future this season.
But Toshack, who was speaking to Goal about Bale yesterday, believes the Welshman needs to start making his own decisions and use his own experiences to guide his career at this late stage.
“Often, it is not the player who is being controversial. You think that they represent footballers’ interests, but those of us in the world of football know that they often do more harm than good to their players,” Toshack said.
“When a footballer used to tell me that their agent had said whatever, I always told them: ‘I don’t want to know what your agent said. I want to know what you think. I want to talk to you. No agents’. When a player reaches a certain age and only has one year of contract left, there are players who start to make noises. I would tell Bale: ignore your agent and make your mind up yourself.”
Bale could yet return to Madrid in the summer. However, it is widely believed that Zinedine Zidane wants nothing to do with Bale, although his future as manager of the club remains in doubt too.
Toshack, on the other hand, seems to have taken the old school approach with his comments here and clearly isn’t impressed by the circus agents can bring to the game at times.
TBR View: Toshack makes a great point about Bale here
For all the good agents can do, you do get the impression they almost run the careers of players to the very finest details at times.
Toshack makes a good point here RE Bale. He’s experienced enough to make his own mind up now and has enough money in the bank, so he should be concentrating on football.
Bale has been a world-class talent in his career. It would be great to see him finish the next few years with a flurry.