Noel Whelan has tipped Gareth Bale to force Daniel Levy’s hand over a potential return to Tottenham this summer.
The former Premier League striker, spekaing exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the winger’s improved form would see Spurs open discussions about bringing him back.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed there had been no talks about extending the winger’s stay for next season.
Gareth Bale has overcome an unnecessary "tough ride" during his season-long loan at #THFC and is playing at his best, according to his agent Jonathan Barnett.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 6, 2021
The 31-year-old joined on a season-long loan deal back in September but still has another year on his Real Madrid contract.
He struggled to put together a run of starts under fomer boss Jose Mourinho.
However, he has started every league game since Ryan Mason took interim charge.
Whelan insisted Bale needed a run of games to prove himself and suggested his performances would see Levy open talks over another return.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He needed that run of games. We know he needed to come and play straight away to get those fitness levels.
“It didn’t happen under Jose Mourinho, there was something not quite right. We spoke about that right until Jose left the club. Now, like he said, they’re playing the Tottenham way, the way he expected them to play when he left the club.
“That attacking style, that exciting style. Flair players wanting to get forward, wanting to score goals. If he finishes the season really strongly, I think that forces the hand of Daniel Levy and the next manager coming in to to keep him at the football club again.”
Bale has scored four goals in three Premier League games since Mourinho’s departure.
Three of those came in the 4-0 win over Sheffield United.