PFA double puts Bale top of Madrid shopping list
Gareth Bale has achieved the double by winning the PFA Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year and in doing so has become only the third man to pick up both awards in the same season. The Welshman’s performances have had the biggest clubs in the world salivating and bookmaker Paddy Power have Real Madrid at odds of 7/4 to be Bale’s next club.
Accolades for Bale’s fantastic season will continue to pour in long after May 19th but Tottenham’s run in could well determine the player’s future. Bale wants to be playing Champions League football and Tottenham are currently locked in a battle with Chelsea and Arsenal to finish in the top four. Chelsea look set to take one of the two remaining places on offer and are at odds of 1/6. Arsenal are currently in 4th place and are odds of 2/7 to finish within the top 4 with Spurs coming in at odds of 5/4. Spurs are currently two points behind their North London rivals and their fate may come down to the game in hand they have against Chelsea on Wednesday 8th May.
The Blues will be one of the suitors for Bale, should he decide Spurs can’t fulfil his ambitions next season. Madrid are favourites with Chelsea and Barcelona both at odds of 7/1 to be where the Welsh Wizard ends up plying his trade. Manchester United are second favourites at 4/1 with Manchester City and Bayern Munich both at odds of 6/1. Bookmaker Paddy Power have Bale at odds of 5/6 to leave in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea have their own transfer dilemma with one of their most successful ever players. Frank Lampard set up Oscars strike against Swansea on Sunday before scoring his 201st Chelsea goal, one off the club record, from the penalty spot to secure a 2-0 win. Blues legend Bobby Tambling holds the club record of 202 goals and Paddy Power are giving odds of 10/11 that Lampard will beat the record before the end of the season. However, they also have odds of 4/9 that he will not be a Chelsea player at the start of the 2013-2014 season, having still not signed a new contract with the club.
A Paddy Power spokesman told Football Betting News; “Gareth Bale’s 19 Premiership goals and stellar performances have carried Spurs this year and the club will know that its Champions League or bust in terms of keeping the Welshman. Fellow star performer this season Frank Lampard is two goals away from becoming Chelsea’s record goal scorer yet he is still odds on to leave the Blues at the end of the season.”
Market Detail – Gareth Bale
5/6 - To leave Tottenham in the summer transfer window
5/6 - To not leave Tottenham in the summer transfer window
7/4 - Real Madrid to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
4/1 - Manchester United to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
6/1 - Manchester City to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
6/1 - Bayern Munich to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
7/1 - Chelsea to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
7/1 - Barcelona to be Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
Market Detail – Frank Lampard
10/11 - Lampard to break Tambling’s goal scoring record before the end of the season
13/8 - Lampard to be a Chelsea player at the start of the 2013-2014 season
4/9 - Lampard to not be a Chelsea player at the start of the 2013-2014 season