Jamie O’Hara cannot see Gareth Bale making a dramatic return to Tottenham Hotspur as his future at Real Madrid remains in the balance.
Bale has come under pressure from Spanish media following the nature of his celebrations with Wales, which sparked fury over his commitment to Madrid – after being seen with a flag that suggestively outlined his personal priorities.
With O’Hara and Alan Brazil speculating over a potential return to his former club on TalkSPORT, the ex-Spurs midfielder suggested that while he would love for it to happen, he does not think the Welshman’s future lies in North London.
He said: “As much I’d love to see Bale back at Tottenham, I can’t see it happening.
“One, just because of the wages – £600,000 a week – I mean, we all know that Daniel Levy’s tight with a pound note, so I don’t think that will happen.
“I just think he’s probably gone beyond Tottenham now, in terms of his career.
“I think potentially China or maybe Italy [could be his next move] – I think he’s one of those players who’s quite happy to go around and he’s not afraid to test himself in a different league.
“I’d love to see him back in England, for people like Gareth Bale, you want to see him in the Premier League because he’s exciting.”
Since Bale’s club future dominated his summer – with Zinedine Zidane essentially urging him to seal a move away – it would be no surprise to see him make a switch in January.
But Spurs may well be reluctant to hand over a large pay packet to their former star having reportedly committed to paying new boss Jose Mourinho double what Mauricio Pochettino earned at Tottenham – a club that has not spent too much on players in the recent past.
So wages could easily be a stumbling block as O’Hara suggests, while a move to the Far East – after being mooted in the summer – perhaps remains the most likely destination for Bale at present.
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