The departure of the Welshman could actually see Spurs progress.
Tottenham Hotspur fans are currently desperate for their club to hold onto talisman Gareth Bale, or sick of the ongoing speculation linking the winger with Real Madrid.
However, with figures between £85m and £100m being banded around for the Wales international, Spurs would not be in a position to refuse if a world record bid came in from Los Blancos.
Yet seeing their best player leave White Hart Lane could actually help the north London outfit become a better team and break the elusive top four positions in the Premier League in 2013/14.
Admittedly this is a big call considering Bale directly influenced 38% of Tottenham’s goals last season, either by scoring or assisting them.
But as most in football know, too much reliance on one player is never a good thing and one only has to look at the success of Manchester United over the past 25 years to know the policy of offloading a star when they think they are bigger than the club works.
With Bale firing on all cylinders and terrorising defences all over the country last term Spurs did not make the Champions League spots – albeit by one point, but the fact still remains.
The club have recruited strongly this summer, possibly to prepare for the 24-year-old’s departure to Madrid, with Paulinho and Roberto Soldado being recruited as successive record transfers, along with FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli.
This has all been done without the proposed £85m for Bale, therefore meaning that with the sort of funds selling the winger would bring, Tottenham could not only construct a squad of threatening players (as supposed to just one), they could also look into the development of a new stadium fit for top European football.
This is not to say losing Bale wouldn’t be a blow – it would for any side – but with the sort of cash it would bring, maybe the positives outweigh the negatives.