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Gareth Bale to Barcelona: Off to Catalonia for the Welshman?

WIGAN, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at DW Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Wesley LewisContributor IINovember 17, 2011

Barcelona have renewed their interest in the Flying Welshman, Gareth Bale, with a possible January bid in the works. Barca president Sandro Rosell has been less than open about the interest in Bale, which can be credited not only to Barcelona but also to Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan

Spurs fans are both laughing and crying at this interest. Laughter? Well, that's because of their presumption that Bale would never leave White Hart Lane—even when the mighty Barcelona call.

The tears? Well, those are from the fear that the lure of such a massive club might actually draw Bale away to ply his trade in La Liga. 

One thing seems certain—Gareth Bale will succeed no matter where he goes. That might be reason enough for Tottenham fans to fear the possibility of his departure. With his success at the international level and his performances for Spurs, the defender-turned-attacking winger has been sampling a taste of the good life. 

It's been a while since Welsh fans got to see one of their own in a Barcelona shirt. I still can't get used to the idea of bright young UK stars playing abroad. The late '80s forced players from Britain and Ireland to seek European football on the continent—something current players don't need to worry about.

Should Bale stay with Spurs, he will no doubt be chasing the European experience in which he so daringly shone last season.

Just in case Gareth wanders across this article in his downtime between training sessions: From everyone who supports Tottenham, please stay, young Mr. Bale!

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