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Bale could still leave Spurs

July 9, 2012
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

ESPN understands that Gareth Bale could still be allowed to leave Tottenham this summer if the club are offered a massive fee for the winger.

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Bale, 22, has been linked with a move to one of Europe's elite clubs but recently signed a new White Hart Lane contract that includes no release clause.

That deal, though, will not stop Spurs selling Bale should they receive an offer of anything approaching the £80 million Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.

An ESPN source said: "Yes, Bale might well have signed a new four-year contract, but that won't stop a club making a big enough offer if they wanted the player badly enough - and Spurs are not going to turn down £80 million or even €80 million.

"Of course that sounds a lot for Bale, but you have to consider that he is 22, and was Ronaldo worth that high a fee when he was 22? He wasn't.

"If you consider that Andy Carroll cost £35 million, than it is easy to see why Spurs would place such a massive value on Bale."

Bale's renewal comes at a time when no team was believed to be willing to meet Tottenham's valuation of the player. However, there are still reports linking Bale with a move away from the club this summer.