Real Madrid make a key decision after the recent claim by Tottenham loanee Gareth Bale
Bale, 31, returned to Tottenham last summer on a season-long loan deal, coming back home after seven years in Spain. While he endured a torrid start to life back in London due to fitness and injury problems, recent weeks have seen him show glimpses of the old Bale.
As a result, speculations had emerged that Tottenham could look to make his transfer permanent or at least keep him on loan for another season. However, Bale quashed any such possibility earlier this week when he claimed that the plan was always for him to stay one season at Spurs and build up his form and fitness ahead of the Euros.
“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost. Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.”
However, it seems like while he hopes to go back to Real Madrid at the end of the season, the Merengues do not want him back at the club. The club are in a difficult position financially and believe that Bale returning, given his humungous wages, can be a disaster for them. So, they are determined to offload him in the summer.
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What this means for Bale remains to be seen. A move to the MLS, China or Qatar could always be on the cards. An extension at Tottenham, however, seems extremely unlikely following his comments.