Right now, Wayne Rooney is possibly the leading light of spectacular self interest and PR misjudgement that seems to run through Premiership football at present.
The likelihood is that Bale will be just as sought after next summer; he will be a more developed player ready to step up to the very highest level; and he will still have many years ahead of him to claim the kind of silverware that teams like Madrid can offer him.
On August 17, football fans will witness what they've never seen before - Manchester United walking out for a Premier League match without Sir Alex Ferguson as their manager. The eyes of the footballing world will be focussed on David Moyes, the man hand-picked by Sir Alex, as he attempts to fill the biggest shoes in the business.
It's that time of year again. 'Premier League Years' is being aired on Sky Sports, confused men in fading replica shirts are being dragged around shopping centres on Saturday afternoons and the only people gracing the pitches of our major football stadia are ageing rock stars. Welcome to the no man's land that is pre-season.
Two years ago, Swansea City gained promotion to the Premier League. Perhaps unsurprisingly, i can recall the day with great clarity... As a supporter of Cardiff City, Swansea's local rivals, I woke up on the morning of their play off final against Reading - our semi final conquerors - with a sense of foreboding. I just knew that 'they' would 'make it up.'
There aren't too many club legends to talk of in the history of Malaga CF, most notably because of their chaotic rise to the top of Spanish football. Since adopting their current name, however, their fans have seen a gradual improvement at La Rosaleda and this year was no exception.
Locally born Sian Branson - one of the founders of 'Bluebirds Unite' - addressed a meeting full of diehard Cardiff City fans last week and spoke with passion of her desire to see the return of the football clubs historic blue identity.
Already in suspense over choosing a new coach Real Madrid fans are getting caught up in the more risky game of having their personal data being targeted by cyberattackers on Facebook.
With the dust only just settling on the most illustrious managerial career in football, it's been hard to find a bad word written about Sir Alex Ferguson. However, now he's officially retired, the time has come to examine some of his lesser moments.
Fast forward to the end of May and a time when football fans traditionally, eagerly await the launch of their new home kit. It's fair to say anticipation was a little subdued in these parts due to the inevitability of the home colour offering being red. However, this was no ordinary kit launch...
With disasters such as Hillsborough still fresh in the memory, although not because of the safe standing debate, trialling safe standing sections appears to be something that authorities in the UK will be reluctant to approve.
If there was one club that summed up how farcical the situation has become in recent years then it would be Blackburn Rovers.
A competition that once played host to historic, esteemed, huge clubs from across the continent, showcasing a fantastic standard of competitive football with fans creating an atmosphere to match is now being sold as the attractive Champions League's ugly, fat friend.
Outgoing interim manager Rafael Benitez may have led Chelsea to Europa League glory and a top-three finish in the Premier League this season - but suggestions the Spaniard has had a successful reign at Stamford Bridge are wide of the mark.
With extra money coming into the club from their lucrative deal with Puma, funds freed up from their deal with Emirates, not to mention increased TV revenue and the likely departure of a certain meerkat-a-like, it could be time for one last hurrah.
So what's the cause of this sudden groundswell of exciting Belgian talent? Nowadays on this small island, of course, you can't fall through a turnstile or click on a television set without catching sight of one of their gifted number; a ubiquitous phenomenon exclusive to no region.