Tony Cascarino has revealed that he was not surprised by Nuno Espirito Santo’s revelation that Gareth Bale will not be returning to Tottenham next season.
It was reported before Nuno’s appointment that Daniel Levy would give the next Spurs head coach the option to re-sign the forward on loan for another season.
However, reports from Spain have claimed that the Welshman is likely to see out the final year of his contract at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti.
When Nuno was asked about the Wales international in his first press conference as Tottenham boss last week, he made it clear that the 32-year-old will not be returning to North London.
Nuno’s admission left some Spurs fans on social media extremely disappointed as it served as confirmation that they will not be seeing Bale in a Tottenham shirt again.
However, Cascarino insisted that the new Spurs head coach is right to look beyond the Real Madrid man as he aims to rebuild the Tottenham squad.
When asked about the Portuguese coach’s comments regarding Bale, the pundit told talkSPORT (17/07/21 at 6 am onwards): “No, it’s not a surprise. His goal record was good. I don’t think that’s the way forward for Spurs to take on Gareth again.
“Look, he’s a fabulous player and I have said it many times that no-one has done as well as him abroad. Not even close.
“He has been the best player, certainly from the British Isles to go abroad and be successful.
“I just don’t think it’s a long term solution for Spurs. I think they have to have an element of a younger team and a bit of a dynamic side. And a side that needs to be built pretty quickly.”
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I would have loved to see Bale back at Spurs in front of a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but Nuno’s decision regarding the Welshman is probably the right one for the club. The 32-year-old’s body might not be able to cope with the demands of the Portuguese coach’s style of play.
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