Report: Real Madrid expect Gareth Bale to join Spurs or LA Galaxy this summer
Real Madrid expect Gareth Bale to be playing for one of two teams next season, according to Defensa Central – with Spurs named as one.
Bale, of course, is facing questions about his future for both club and country.
He spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after a difficult few years with Los Blancos.
And obviously, he has spent the summer trying to help Wales emulate their Euro 2016 heroics five years on. Unfortunately, their Euro 2020 campaign ended at the last 16 stage.
It now remains to be seen what Bale’s plans are. There has even been speculation that he may retire from the game altogether.
According to Defensa Central, Real are set to meet with his agent to discuss his future.
Despite Carlo Ancelotti being a fan of the 31-year-old, Madrid are not keen to pay his salary during the final year of his contract and would like to move him on.
And interestingly, Defensa Central reports that Real expect that he will be playing for one of two teams next season.
The report claims they believe he will either be with Spurs or LA Galaxy. It is noted that they are the two clubs to sound most interested at this stage.
Further deal for Gareth Bale may make sense for Spurs
There are surely a couple of huge factors that need to be determined before Bale joins Spurs for a third time.
Firstly, Tottenham need to find their next manager. While Fabio Paratici is seemingly in control of their transfer plans, an incoming boss may have strong feelings about a move for Bale.
His wages will also need to be considered. As noted by the Daily Mail, he is on £600,000-a-week at the Bernabeu.
So Spurs will surely need Real and Bale to agree another hefty compromise.
But if a new manager is keen, and Bale is prepared to agree considerably less lucrative terms, it may make sense to bring him back for one more year.
He scored 11 times in the Premier League last season. That is despite only starting 10 games.
He did not shine this summer. But it is clearly premature to insist that he is finished at the very highest level.