Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas considers it a given that Gareth Bale will leave White Hart Lane.
At the press conference after the match against Swansea (Spurs won 0-1 with a goal by Roberto Soldado), when asked about Gareth Bale's situation, the boss hinted that the London club no longer counted on him.
"We've gone on with our business. Gareth, unfortunately for us, hasn't been part of our squad, but we have a big squad to choose from." he said, adding that with, or without the Welsh player, Tottenham can be stronger.
These comments, together with Daniel Levy's statement about the players not being invited to go to the stadium – offered as an excuse for Bale's absence - suggest that Spurs realise the Welshman is history.
There was no trace of any Bale banners on the terraces so it seems the fans have forgotten him too and are getting ready to tackle a new season without their, until now, star player …