When Gareth Bale got injured in Tottenham's Europa League game against Basel, many people thought Spurs' hopes of a top-four finish had gone up in smoke. But the flying Welshman made his return today, scoring one and setting up another in his side's 3-1 win over Manchester City.
Champions League qualification is likely to be a key factor in Bale's future. If Tottenham secure a place in Europe's elite, he will surely wish to continue blossoming under Andre Villas-Boas; if they don't, a move away looks far more likely.
The win against City means that Spurs will finish in the top four if they win their remaining matches. If you think they can do so, back Bale to be playing in the Premier League next season at 1.60. Plenty in north London - and some neutrals as well - will be hoping to see plenty more of the winger on these shores yet.
If he does go, however, Spain (2.50) looks the most likely destination. Given how much he'd cost, this is hardly surprising: Real Madrid and Barcelona have rather bigger budgets than most. It is the side from the Spanish capital that has been most heavily linked with Bale, and the potential partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly mouth-watering.
Pep Guardiola's imminent arrival at Bayern Munich, however, means that Germany (10.00) is another option. The Bavarians are hardly short of wide men (Robben, Ribery, Muller, Shaqiri) but Bale would further boost a side that has taken the Bundesliga and Champions League by storm this season.
Finally, spare a thought for Italy (17.00). While Serie A was once Europes best - and biggest spending - league, they can rarely compete for such top-rate talents today.
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