Danny Mills has suggested Gareth Bale’s “absolutely huge” wage demands could scupper a return to Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender insisted the Wales captain will struggle to find a new club next season.
Bale told Sky Sports after Spurs’ final game of the season he will make his decision on his future public after this summer’s European Championship because it will “cause chaos”.
He scored his 15th and 16th goal of the season in Tottenham’s 4-1 final day victory over Leicester City and is now due to return to Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old still has a year left on his contract with the Spanish giants.
Asked whether he could see Bale returning to Tottenham next season, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s all about money and finance.
“This is a big, big issue now for these players that have signed legacy contracts that are absolutely huge.
“When it doesn’t quite work out, where do these players go next? Are they prepared to dramatically drop the wages that they’re on? I’m not convinced they are, honestly.
“I don’t blame them in any way, shape or form. They’ve got every right to do exactly what they do.”
Sky Sports reported last summer Spurs paid around £20million in wages and loan fees to sign Bale.
He ended the loan with 11 Premier League goals and found the net on average 84 minutes.