Gareth Bale is not planning to leave Real Madrid this summer despite a season of unrest, according to Marca, via Inside Futbol.
They report that the Welsh talisman has told his entourage that he has no plans to leave the Bernabeu in the forthcoming window.
According to the Telegraph, Spurs have a first refusal clause on Bale, allowing them to match any Premier League’s bid that is accepted by Real within three days.
But that clause reportedly expires in June 2019, meaning that if Spurs wish to use it and engineer a fairytale reunion, their best remaining chance is this summer.
Bale’s private admission does not boost Spurs’ hopes, but the Daily Mirror report that his manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule him out of a move this summer, unlike Raphael Varane, about whom he has been bullish in his intention to keep, as per Marca.
But as it stands, Tottenham’s clause is set to elapse on Bale and the already slim chances he would return to White Hart Lane look even more remote.
Bale would be an absolute game-changer to usher in the new era in the new stadium, a real sign that Daniel Levy can now compete on a more equal financial footing – but the chances of him coming back to north London have perhaps never been slimmer.