Real Madrid will be desperate to offload Gareth Bale in the summer despite him claiming he was happy to return to Spain after his loan with Tottenham ends, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Manchester City right-back accused the Welshman of “posturing” and “playing politics” with his comments.

While on international duty, the 31-year-old told the press his “original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.”

New Tottenham signing Gareth Bale

Bale re-joined Spurs on loan in the summer but has endured a stop-start campaign in Lilywhite.

Asked for his assessment of Bale’s comments, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He has no choice. That’s what the deal is, that’s what has to happen.

“I’m sure Madrid will be trying to get rid of him in whatever shape or form.

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“He’s still a Madrid player so he has to tow the party line, he has to play politics and say the right things.

“Personally, the last thing he might want to do is go back to Madrid but he can’t come out and say that because that opens him up to other issues and scrutiny and he’s not going to do that – he’s not that daft.

“Even if he’s desperate to get away he can’t say that publicly. Instantly you start to get into all sorts of issues that aren’t helpful.

“He’s on loan, he’s going to tow the party line and say everything that’s right until that deal is signed, sealed and delivered.

“It’s all about posturing, for want of a better word and you have to be seen to be saying and doing the right thing in these sorts of scenarios. That’s all you can do in that situation, you can’t do anything more than do what he’s doing, effectively.”

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