Gareth Bale is open to staying at Tottenham Hotspur for next season, but the Daily Mirror has claimed that he is not prepared to take any sort of pay-cut during the final year of his Real Madrid contract.
Bale’s future has moved onto the agenda again with the 31-year-old finally starting to look like the game-changer Jose Mourinho obviously hoped he was signing in the summer.
The Welshman has scored four and created three in his last four appearances for Spurs. And it now appears that Tottenham are keeping their options ahead of the end of his loan spell.
The good news for those in North London who want Bale to stay is he is seemingly not shutting the door on extending his return either.
According to the Daily Mirror, Bale is open to staying at Tottenham next season. However, there looks to be some significant hurdles to clear before anything is finalised.
Understandably, Bale is planning to make a decision on his future in the summer. And it is suggested that he could yet return to Real for the final year of his contract if Zinedine Zidane leaves.
The Mirror also claims that the forward will tell his parent club that he is not prepared to take a pay-cut this summer. He is currently on £600,000-a-week, with Spurs reportedly covering around half of his wages this term.
The report suggests that he is expecting a huge sum if Los Blancos wish to cancel the final year of his deal. Should he head out on loan meanwhile, Madrid will once again have to cover a large portion of his wages.
TBR View: Spurs may find themselves in strong position in Bale negotiations
It remains to be seen if Bale can maintain his current form. If he does not, it looks unlikely that Tottenham will look at another deal anyway.
But if he does impress, Spurs can surely be confident that they will find themselves in a strong position in talks this summer.
Due to his wages, Real are unlikely to have many takers for Bale. And the last thing they will surely want is to go back to paying £600,000-a-week to a player on the sidelines.
So another offer from Tottenham may be extremely welcome at the Bernabeu. And Spurs can perhaps use that desire to offload Bale to push for an even better deal next season.