Examining Gareth Bale's Situation at Tottenham Hotspur

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Examining Gareth Bale's Situation at Tottenham Hotspur
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Will Gareth Bale be running away from Tottenham or will he remain at the North London club for some time yet?

Gareth Bale's decision in June to extend his contract with Tottenham Hotspur averted a summer's worth of speculation about where his future lay.

Going by the second consecutive pre-season of rumors and maneuverings that surrounded Luka Modric, this was a nuisance well avoided by both club and player.

But as demonstrated by a story in the Sunday Mirror newspaper this weekend, talk about one of football's most highly-rated young stars is unlikely to abate, with Barcelona and Real Madrid in particular looking like they are keen to make a move for the Welshman.

Three months into the 2012-13 campaign and with around 40 days until the January transfer window opens, it is as good a time as any to assess the lay of the land in regards to Bale.

Beginning with an assessment of his form thus far, we also take a look at what it may take for Tottenham to keep him in the case of an approach, and contemplate the arguments for cashing in on their winger.

Whether you rate Bale as one of the next big things of world football, an overrated diver or somewhere in between, there is no denying he is going to be the focus of plenty of attention for some time to come.

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