But Walcott somewhat forced his way out of the club. Bale never asked to leave. In fact Saints accepted a bid and he refused as he wanted to stay and help Saints get promoted. He didn't leave until the summer when it was fairly obvious that unfortunately Saints were in serious trouble and needed the money more than we needed Bale anyway. And by never declaring an intent to go, Saints maybe got a little more money than they might have otherwise. That counts for a lot more than celebrating or not celebrating a goal.