According to recent reports, Gareth Bale is keen on a return to Real Madrid once his season-long loan at Tottenham Hotspur comes to an end.
The report by Spanish publication AS states that Bale, who joined Spurs from Los Blancos back in September, would like a ‘swansong season at Real Madrid’ after his loan deal in north London ends next June.
It is said that the £22.5 million-rated 31-year-old, who has started just one Premier League fixture for Jose Mourinho’s side so far this season, is ‘keeping an eye on developments at the Bernabeu’ and particularly the situation of Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, with whom Bale fell out with during his time in Spain.
AS state that, should Zidane either leave or be sacked at the end of this season, the door would ‘open wider’ for Bale’s potential return to Real, where he still would have 12 months to run on his contract.
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Blow for Spurs
It is fair to say that Bale’s return of two goals over his nine appearances for Spurs have not exactly lived up to the hype that surrounded his move back to north London, and considering the fact that Tottenham are said to be forking out €15 million (£13.6 million) of Bale’s annual €30 million (£27.3 million) Real Madrid salary, the argument could be made that the club may be better off spending that money elsewhere.
However, the 31 year-old’s arrival added immense depth to Jose Mourinho’s squad, something that is crucial to a trophy charge. One has to think that if Harry Kane were to suffer an injury, as he often has in the second half of campaigns, then the presence of Bale would be a huge boost.
With that in mind, the club should be looking to keep such an immensely talented player, legend or not, simply because he will prove useful over the next couple of seasons more often than not.
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