Report claims Tottenham plan talks to keep ‘inspirational’ figure amid uncertain future
Tottenham Hotspur will speak with Real Madrid and Gareth Bale next month over another return to north London, per Eurosport.
Bale spent last season back in the Premier League on loan, but his long-term future is surrounded by doubt. He is currently playing a leading role for Wales at Euro 2020 but changes at the helm in Madrid and London cloud the picture.
Tottenham have appointed Fabio Paratici as their new Managing Director and Daniel Levy continues to search for a new manager. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti has returned to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale had no future at Real Madrid as he enters the final year of his contract with Zidane in charge. The pair’s relationship is beyond repair, and the winger leaving would have been the only outcome had the Frenchman stayed.
Ancelotti offers Bale a fresh start, but Real Madrid and Tottenham will sit down with the 31-year-old and his agent next month to discuss all options. Talks cannot formally start until his current loan terms expire on June 30.
Tottenham have first refusal to sign Bale and extend his return for another 12-months on the same terms, should it suit the club. The forward offered a big impact in his year back in north London, both on but also off the pitch.
Eurosport claim Bale cut a ‘low maintenance’ yet ‘inspirational’ figure behind-the-scenes at Tottenham last term. He also scored 11 Premier League goals, with only Harry Kane (23) and Heung-Min Son (17) netting more for Spurs.
Bale also featured in 14 of Tottenham’s final 16 games of the league season, starting eight. And he has taken his form into Euro 2020 with two assists in as many games for Wales after creating both in a 2-0 win over Turkey.
TBR’s view: Tottenham will consider Bale return
Tottenham have more pressing issues to resolve at present in their manager search than securing another return for Bale. But Levy and Paratici will likely sit down with Real Madrid and the Welshman to discuss him coming back again.
Bale kicked on strongly toward the end of last season to begin playing a bigger role from the off in matches. He had only opened two Premier League fixtures before Spurs visited Manchester City in February but started eight of the next.
With Tottenham also impressed by his ‘inspirational’ presence off the field at the training ground, Bale may have an even bigger role at the club next season. Both on the pitch if he stays fit, but also off it in helping youngsters step up.
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