Guillem Balague: This is what Gareth Bale thinks about a sensational return to Tottenham
By Richard Parks
Gareth Bale would rather stay at Real Madrid than make a sensational return to Tottenham this summer, according to Guillem Balague.
The Sky Sports Spanish pundit and transfer expert dismissed the likelihood of the Real Madrid superstar, 28, having a second spell at White Hart Lane but is increasingly convinced his time at the Bernabeu is coming to an end.
In a question-and-answer session on the Sky Sports website (Friday, 1.04pm), Balague believes Spurs do not have the finances to re-sign Bale even though they would “like” to have him back.
Bale’s future is up in the air as he is struggling to make the Real starting XI following a series of injuries and has cut a frustrated figure under manager Zinedine Zidane.
“I am convinced Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale,” Balague told Sky Sports. “That is not Bale’s preferred choice, he would like to stay. 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.
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“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.”
Football Insider verdict:
Mauricio Pochettino is on the record as being a firm admirer of Bale, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to represent Tottenham. Would he be a great signing for Spurs? Without doubt. Is it likely to happen? Not really. Bale’s record at Real makes it clear that he is the real deal. With three Champions Leagues and the Spanish title under his belt, he has played his part with scoring 79 goals and supplying 58 assists in 179 matches. He would provide the final piece of the jigsaw in Pochettino’s young and vibrant team which has made Europe sit up and take notice with its stunning transformation. The main stumbling blocks are the price – Bale is likely to cost £70million-plus – and the wages needed to persuade the player to return to the club where he made his name. These will surely be insurmountable hurdles for Tottenham.
In other Tottenham news, it can be exclusively revealed that a centre-back has agreed contract terms with Spurs.