A player will have a checklist to work through when he is in need of advice: his mates, his agent, his manager, Dave the barman at the Coach & Horses. Eventually he will get to the only person that matters: his mum.
That would appear to be the case with Gareth Bale, who, according to Pat Sheehan in The Sun, has sought out his mum as he agonises over his future at Tottenham.
Real Madrid remain firmly in the frame, as reported by ESPN at the weekend, with a €100 million bid said to be in the works.
We've had conflicting reports in the British media as to Tottenham's stance. The Mirror said chairman Daniel Levy had no intention of negotiating, while the Daily Mail made the claim that Levy had interrupted a family holiday to fly back to London for talks with Bale.
Tuesday's edition of The Sun stated talks took place between player and club on Monday, and it added that "an onlooker was stunned to see see the player’s parents also walk into the meeting."
“I couldn’t believe it when the Bales arrived at the training ground," said the source. "God knows what they said to Mr Levy."
The report, which also said that the bid from Real could rise to £95 million, states that the Spaniards are ready to include Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao as makeweights in any deal.