“I think, within 12 months, Bale will be gone,” Pardew told the London Evening Standard. “At times something comes your way and you think it’s right . . . Wayne Rooney is in a similar position. It looks like he [Bale] wants to move. At the end of the day, the player’s mind is usually the deciding factor.
“I think of Luka Modric. He was the only one who stayed when all the signals were that he was going. Then he went a year later.
“A player’s mentality is very important. The five or 10 per cent where they’re not focused because of wanting to go somewhere is enough for them to haul off their quality. It impacts on everything. So, as a board and manager, you have to make a decision.”
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