A busy few months lie ahead for Gareth Bale.
The success of Bale's season at Tottenham will be determined over the next week as the club vies for a place in the Premier League's top four and next season's Champions League.
Even more importantly for the Welsh wizard's future, though, is his impending summer transfer saga.
While Bale has been carrying Spurs over the last few months, his awesome performances and fine goals have drawn the attention of many of Europe's top clubs.
With the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich set to make huge offers for the reigning two-time PFA Player of the Year, it will be tough for the north London club to turn down every offer in order to hold on to its best player.
Further, it is understandable for Bale to consider moving to a relatively bigger club. After all, he is a 23-year-old with massive potential, so competing on the highest level should be near the top of his priorities.
However, it would be good for both parties if Gareth Bale were to stay at Tottenham for another season.
For Spurs, the decision would give them another year to search for ways to cope without Bale.
Even though the money that would come from the sale would give the club ample room to stack its squad, Tottenham would do well to build a deeper corps of wingers rather than dealing only with the unknown.
While the young Andros Townsend has done well while on loan at Queens Park Rangers and Aaron Lennon has proved a threat on the right, another option would go a long way.
Beyond that, a season in which Spurs can pair Bale's fine talents with a capable and consistent striker (assuming they acquire one this summer) will give the club a good chance to build upon its recent success and further its allure in the transfer market.
As for Bale, another season at White Hart Lane would give him a chance to build his game even more while in the comfort of a familiar club.
The Welshman's season may have been great, but his adjustment to a new, more central position means that there is even more room for improvement.
One quick look at former teammate Luka Modric, who left Spurs for Real Madrid last summer and struggled to get matches, should show Bale the dangers of going to a new and unfamiliar club.
At just 23 years, the winger is at an important age and can't afford to be riding the bench and failing to get regular playing time.
Finally, with so much managerial turmoil all over Europe, Bale is sitting at one of the best clubs that offers a stable coach and system, as incumbent Andre Villas-Boas is all but certain to stay at White Hart Lane through the summer.
Yes, the Welshman's sale would give him a chance to pursue new challenges and leave his current club with enough money to buy three or four very fine replacements (or even more with a chairman like Daniel Levy).
However, it would be mutually beneficial for club and player if Gareth Bale were to stay one more season at Tottenham.
One can only hope that both do the right thing and Bale is in a Spurs jersey come September.
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