Gareth Bale: the decision that changed his life ten years ago

first_imgWith the Spurs He also played regularly on the left side the first two seasons, with Martin Jol (he used a game above), Juande Ramos and Redknapp himself. But it was in the third campaign, the second of the English coach, when the ‘reconversion’ took place. “I was low on morale. Also, if he was hit, he had a hard time recovering because he didn’t have the body to do it. But it was gaining body and presence in the team. When he got over that bump, I put him on the edge, ”recalled the AS coach in May 2015. That process began with specific decisions, in January 2010, against Leeds, on March 6 against Fulham and seven days later against Blackburn. But it was on April 24, 2010, against Manchester United (3-1 loss) when Bale played his last game as a fixed left back. From that day on, with very few exceptions, it was installed in the upper area, as an extreme. His stride and firing power invited Redknapp to execute that move. Bale will be eternally grateful to him. “I always wanted to be an attacking player, I never wanted to be a defender. No offense. I was removed from the left back because I have never fulfilled my defensive responsibilities. So Harry put me in a more offensive role. Since he did, I’ve never looked back “Bale stated in Sport Magazine. It was at this point that he left Europe with his mouth open on October 20, 2010. The Welshman offered in San Siro one of the most impressive exhibitions in the Champions of the last decade. Tottenham lost 4-3 inferior to Inter, but everyone talked about how Bale managed a hat-trick after ‘eating’ Maicon, voted the best ‘2’ on the continent by UEFA that same year … “Gareth destroyed it,” said Van der Vaart in the San Siro mixed zone. A star was born.GIUSEPPE CACACE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>GIUSEPPE CACACE (AFP) Gareth Bale turns ten without looking back. It was in 2010 when a decision by Harry Redknapp, coach of Tottenham, changed his life. Without that daring move, perhaps he would not have astonished Europe, decorated the buildings in Times Square with his image, conquered Florentino Pérez, played in Madrid, or won four Champions … In his second season on the bench of the Spurs, The English coach started the ‘conversion’ of the Welshman. It went from the left side to the end and, from that moment, nothing was the same for Gareth …Bale became known as a left-back at Southampton, where he arrived thanks to the eye of Rod Ruddick, who discovered him when he was 9 years old. His left foot and speed defined him. There are two data that perfectly reflect the superiority of its qualities: at school a teacher forbade him to play with his left hand and at 14 he was able to run 100 meters in 11.4 seconds. He was the second youngest player to debut in Southampton history, aged 16 years and 275 days (April 17, 2006) and He soon began to stand out as ‘3’, showing off his stride to play with space ahead. It shone, although it did not enjoy. Bale never liked playing as a winger, but it was his good performance in that position (five goals in 45 games) that led him to Tottenham in 2007 for 10 million euros.center_img That season ended with 11 goals and 11 assists, in 2011-12 he went up to 13 goals and 17 goal passes and in 2012-13, with Villas-Boas on the bench, he broke all his marks: 26 goals and 15 assists in 44 games. Before starting that season, Bale entered the Portuguese coach’s office and asked him to play as playmaker. Villas-Boas folded down and the player responded with an extraordinary year. He became the great star of the Premier, he won every award that was placed within his reach in the Islands, he acquired a huge media impact and That caught the attention of Florentino Pérez, who saw in him a potential substitute for Cristiano and winner of the Ballon d’Or.From Times Square to the BernabéuAt the end of that season, and after some very tough negotiations with Daniel Levy, owner of Tottenham, Florentino paid 101 million euros for Bale, making him at that time the most expensive signing in history. But in Madrid there was no discussion. The left was for Cristiano. So Ancelotti, a white coach, made room for him on the right, displacing Di María to the center. There he formed the BBC, the famous trident with Cristiano and Benzema, known for his deployment in attack as for his reluctance to help behind. In Madrid the Welshman has been losing gas. He has left images for the history of the club, such as that prodigious career with Bartra who gave a Copa del Rey, his goal in the final of the Tenth or a double (Chilean included) that made the white club conquer the Thirteenth, but injuries and trouble has made him go from galactic signing to suspect.His name is on the exit ramp, but Bale doesn’t want to leave. He is already 30 years old and has two contracts left. Few clubs in the world can offer him what Madrid gives him: 14.5 million a year, the possibility of winning titles (in white he has won four Champions, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, one League, one Cup and two Spanish Super Cups) and universal media impact. A scenario that perhaps would not have been possible without that movement that Redknapp dared to make a decade ago.last_img

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