There is “no way” Tottenham will sign Gareth Bale permanently and pay him his current Real Madrid wage, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 31-year-old would have to accept a wage cut to seal a move back to north London.
As reported by the Sun, Spurs are considering the prospect of keeping Bale on loan next season, with Real Madrid keen to offload his wage either temporarily or for good.
The Wales winger is said to be on £650,000-a-week, although Spurs are reportedly only paying £230,000-a-week during his loan spell.
Bale has hit a purple patch of form in recent weeks, with four goals in his last three appearances.
However, Hutton insisted money would be the be-all and end-all when it came to a potential return to Tottenham.
“For them to keep him next season, I think it’s going to come down to the money side of it,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I think he’s got one year left on like £600,000-a-week or something at Madrid.
“Nobody in the world is going to pay that. No way in the world is he going to get that. It’s going to come down to finances.
“He looks very happy at Tottenham so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Bale has played 20 times and scored eight goals since returning to Spurs last summer.
He has made just three Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho, although he has been a regular in the Europa League.