Carlo Ancelotti deals Tottenham Hotspur blow over loan transfer of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale
Carlo Ancelotti has dealt Tottenham Hotspur a blow over their plans to extend the loan of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.
That’s because the Italian has stated – via football.london – that he sees the winger’s future being back in Spain. Ancelotti has just returned to Madrid after walking away from Everton 18-months into the job to replace Zinedine Zidane.
Ancelotti stood at the Santiago Bernabeu helm when Bale moved to Spain for a world record £85million (BBC) in 2013. The pair spent two seasons together, returning La Liga, Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup winners medals.
Bale enjoyed strong returns under Ancelotti on a personal level but saw his career regress in the years that followed. He was eventually sent to Tottenham on loan last season after falling out of favour under Zidane.
But they may not have the opportunity to re-sign Bale, as Ancelotti wants to be reunited with the Welshman at Madrid.
“Gareth has not played much in the Premier League, but he scored lots of goals, was very effective in recent games when he had a chance to play,” Ancelotti said.
“He is coming back. I know him very well, he will be motivated to play better and have a great season, no doubt. I have a lot of love still for Gareth, Isco, Marcelo, they will have motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.”
TBR’s view: Tottenham need a Bale alternative
Tottenham will need to find an alternative target to signing Bale for the 2021/22 season with Ancelotti seeking a reunion. The Welshman played a frequent role under Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason last term after overcoming a spate of injuries.
His form was not always at the highest level yet Bale still contributed the third-most goals in the Premier League. Only Harry Kane (23) and Heung-Min Son (17) found the net more often than the 31-year-old (11) for Spurs.
Bale only providing three assists was a major strike against him. But, after ending the season on a high, the potential for a return was on the cards. And as that is no longer the case, Levy must find a player able to fill the winger’s void for Tottenham’s next manager.
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