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What was surprising about Bale extending his contract in June was its contradiction of the somewhat modern thinking that revolves around players of his ilk—that they must move onto bigger and better things as soon as possible.
Maybe there were no inquiries this summer (put off by Tottenham's high price-tag perhaps?), but even if there were, the decision spoke of Bale's understanding that he is a player still learning, who for now is better at a club he is comfortable at.
It was coupled with enough intelligence to realize too that Spurs have some potential of their own, telling the club's official website that he thought "the Club is progressing and I want to be a part of that".
"I love the Club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League - where we belong," Bale added.
"We’ve a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again."
As welcome a show of faith as it was, how long he will remain a believer is unknown.
There is clearly some investment on his part in this project, but the resolve to stay so invested will be tested should they not qualify for the Champions League, or at least make notable progress.
The latter would certainly entail a trophy, and strong enough form in the latter stages of the season that a belief can be fostered that momentum can be carried beyond by the players and manager Andre Villas-Boas.
A significant addition or two to the squad would help here too, but the problem is this and so many aspects of a better future is nearly completely reliant on Champions League football.
Despite the club's poor form over the last month, they are not out of contention for the top four and this week can also keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
But there is the feeling when watching Spurs that, despite some good new signings and other good players remaining, the departures of Ledley King, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart (and indeed Harry Redknapp) really did mark the end of a relatively successful era
Those three are genuine top-class players, ones who were so important to the team that any attempt to replace them and build a new side is going to take time.
Bale would undoubtedly be a hugely valuable part of this future, and until the end of the season there is little to no chance they would let him go when he is already so integral to their present hopes.
The contract extension allows that much, and should also ward off any fellow English clubs making a bid as Tottenham will not want to sell an asset to teams they regard as rivals.
But come next summer, an offer to test himself with either Barcelona or Real Madrid might just be a proposition to tempting to pass up.
Both clubs see in him a player with the necessary ability to flourish in their respective systems and play a part in their hunt for success.
Despite Bale's rawness, the quality he possesses is there to see.
Regardless of who you support, the prospect of watching him in a team with either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is a superlative-fest waiting to happen.