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Mark Hughes thinks Gareth Bale could stay in the Premier League - but it might not be at Tottenham

Mark Hughes has told Sky Sports that he is hopefuly Gareth Bale will remain in the Premier League this summer. However, the Wales legend has suggested that Welsh winger might not remain at Tottenham Hotspur and could end up leaving Real Madrid to join one of the London club’s rivals.

Bale, 31, endured a tricky season in which he was in and out of the Tottenham side. He only managed to complete 90 minutes on one occasion in 34 appearances during 2020-21, but still managed to net 16 goals. He scored a brace in the final game of the season, as Spurs beat Leicester 4-2.

Now, he is fresh and ready for this summer’s European Championships. Speaking after the Leicester game about his future, Bale stated that he knows his decision – but it would cause “chaos”. Some reports have even suggested that he could retire, which would not surprise many.

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But Hughes believes Bale will carry on playing next season, and is hopeful that the 85-time Wales international will stay in England’s top flight. He thinks Bale was unhappy at times while on loan at Spurs, though. The ex-Man City manager suggests he could remain, but at a different club.

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“I hope so I think he’s an outstanding player,” Hughes said, when asked if Bale will remain in the Premier League. “It all depends on his situation at Real Madrid. I would love to see him playing week in week out in the Premier League, I think we need players such as Bale. It doesn’t look as if it’s worked out as well as everybody expected it to [at Tottenham].

“He didn’t get the game time under Jose Mourinho that he would have liked for whatever reason. Gareth is one of those players who needs to be happy and comfortable in his surroundings and maybe sometimes this year at Tottenham surprisingly I don’t think he has been. It’s only in recent weeks that he’s been playing with a smile on his face.”

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Should Tottenham re-sign Bale from Madrid – after Hughes comments?

Firstly, it must be stated that Tottenham have a clause in his current loan that allows them to extend the deal by another season – if Bale wants to. Right now, that is unclear. But even if Bale wants to stay at Spurs, should the North London club allow him to do so? He is enormously expensive.

If Harry Kane leaves, Spurs might have to focus more on defending in order to secure points in the Premier League. Bale is excellent going forward but his work rate is not what it could – and probably should be. Perhaps, Spurs need to move on from Bale and bring in an up-and-coming star.

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