Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale may retire at the end of next season, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Premier League striker legend fears the 31-year-old may be “finished at the top level” after a so far unsuccessful loan spell at Spurs.
Bale has made just 16 appearances for the Lilywhites this season and only two of those have been Premier League starts.
He has struggled with a number of small injuries since he re-joined Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid – the latest of which “surprised” Jose Mourinho.
As quoted by the BBC, the Tottenham manager called out the Wales international for ‘contradicting reality’ in a post on Instagram which showed him training.
When asked for his assessment of Bale’s future, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “When I watch him, I just do not see it.
“I backed him when he returned. I thought that once he was back up to speed, he’d be a great signing but it just hasn’t happened.
“He has struggled with niggling injuries. Is he 100 per cent fit? He is certainly not playing to the best of his capabilities.
“You start to question him, a bit like Willian at Arsenal – does he still have that hunger and desire? When you have won everything, are you really going to bust a lung to get back to where you were?
“It has been disappointing for Mourinho. He’ll be frustrated because he has not got the player he thought he was signing.
“Is he finished at the top level? He is certainly heading that way. He certainly won’t be signing for Tottenham.
“In the summer he will return to Madrid and probably see his contract out and possibly call it a day at the end of that.”