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According to Spanish football journalist, Guillem Balague, Real Madrid are ready to sell star forward Gareth Bale at the end of this campaign. However, he does not feel that a return to Tottenham Hotspur is on the cards this summer.

Bale left Spurs for Real Madrid in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85million. The Welshman has tasted rich success at the Bernabeu, winning three Champions League, one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey in four seasons so far.

The forward has managed 12 goals and 7 assists in 29 appearances for Real this season but he has struggled to nail down a regular place under head coach Zinedine Zidane.

Recurrent injury problems have blighted Bale’s Real Madrid career. Manchester United have been constantly linked in recent windows, while Spurs have also shown an interest in re-signing him.

However, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he does not believe that Bale will leave Real for Spurs.

“I am convinced Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale. That is not Bale’s preferred choice, he would like to stay,” Balague told Sky Sports.

Gareth Bale (left)

“Obviously somebody will have to buy Bale but I don’t think it will be Spurs; it doesn’t make sense for him to go back and it would cost Spurs too much to bring him back – other teams are better prepared and have a greater desire and financial possibilities.

“Of course Spurs would like to have Bale back but their targets are different. You only have to compare their expenditure to the highest in the Premier League to see they don’t have the kind of money it would take to sign Bale.”

Real have struggled domestically this season, failing to mount a title challenge but have done very well in the Champions League and find themselves in the quarter-finals, where they face Juventus.

Despite Zidane’s men being on course to winning the Champions League for the third straight year running, Football.London reports that Real will undergo a major squad overhaul in summer due to a below-par La Liga campaign.

In my opinion, signing Bale would be a bad move as he is injury-prone. His wages are sky high as well and it would cost us big in order to land him. We’d be better off hunting for other options.

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