Gareth Bale does not want to stay at Tottenham beyond this season as he has lost his hunger for football.
That is the view of former West Ham and Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old’s recent comments in the press.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Bale revealed while on international duty with Wales that he plans to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The winger returned to Spurs on a season-long loan deal last summer and his 25 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded 10 goals and three assists.
McAvennie suggested Bale will return to Madrid to play golf in the sunshine.
“There is no doubting his ability but let’s be honest, he’s hardly set the world on fire this season,” he told Football Insider.
“We have seen a couple of glimpses of absolute brilliance but it’s not been enough. He will go back and if what you hear is right, he’ll be on the golf course everyday in Madrid. He will be missing the sunshine.
“Has he got the hunger to go after it next year at Madrid? I do not think he has the hunger to keep going.
“The money he has made in football, he does not have to work again. Some people can have so much money that they lose the hunger.
“I have no doubt he loves the game but I would rather play football than play golf, and I love my golf. I would be fighting to get into a team.
“Jose Mourinho knows, he’s not daft, he cannot play him if he’s not up to it because then it is Mourinho’s neck on the line. No manager can give you the hunger, it is down to you.
“It is a real shame because he is one of those players you love to watch.”