Tottenham Hotspur legend Clive Allen has told TalkSPORT that he is desperate to see Gareth Bale reject a move to China and return to north London under Mauricio Pochettino this summer.
Bale, 30, looks set to leave Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane was quoted as saying that he hopes the Welshman leaves this summer – claiming it would be a move that would benefit all parties involved.
It has seen Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett describe Zidane as a “disgrace”. The debate over Bale’s future is rife, with his enormous £600,000-a-week wages likely to prove a stumbling block to most interested parties.
Chinese clubs are interested, but it remains to be seen if Bale wants to take a pay cut and remain in Europe. Former Spurs star Allen urged him to do just that, and return to Tottenham six years after leaving in 2013.
“I sat down with him and his family when he came to Spurs many years ago, and I said Spurs was the platform for him to go on and do anything he wanted, to fulfil his dreams. He bought into that,” Allen said.
“I’d say the exact same thing today. This is not the same club he joined those years aback, Tottenham Hotspur are up among the top teams in European football.
“Come back to Tottenham, Gareth. That’s my message to him, absolutely.”
TBR’s view – Bale would take Spurs alongside Liverpool and City
In the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester City proved last season that they are at a different level in terms of consistency in the top tier of English football.
Tottenham are next in line behind the top two but they are missing both the depth and the quality that it takes to reach more than 90 points in a Premier League campaign.
Re-signing Bale will generate the momentum, the feel-good atmosphere and add that much-needed superstar quality to a side lacking in trophy experience. Bale – who scored 14 goals last term – has it all, and Tottenham need him.