Rafael van der Vaart has told the Evening Standard that he would love to see Tottenham Hotspur re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid – but he does not believe it would happen.
Bale, 29, has been linked with a move to rejoin Spurs. The Daily Mirror claimed that Real Madrid are preparing an offer of £50million plus Bale to sign playmaker Christian Eriksen this summer.
The Wales international has seemingly fallen out of love with Real. Intriguing celebrations and booing from his own fans led to agent Jonathan Barnett criticising the Los Blancos support earlier this year.
Bale has still scored 14 goals and created five more this season. Now, van der Vaart wants his former side Spurs to raid another of his old teams in Real for Bale – but does not believe such a move is possible.
“I know him as a person and, with a Spurs hat, I always hope he’ll say, ‘Okay, I’ll come back’. I don’t think it’s going to happen, but that would be a nice story,” van der Vaart said.
Bale has come a long way since joining Spurs from Southampton for just £5million in 2007 (Telegraph). Now, some outlets claim he is earning a whopping £650,000 a week.
Spurs simply cannot afford that. Even halved, Bale’s wages would eclipse the club’s top earner, Harry Kane. The England captain is rumoured to be earning £200,000.
Bale would have to take an enormous pay cut if he was to rejoin Spurs. A much more likely option is Manchester United, who have the funds to give Bale what he wants.