Paul Robinson has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur will already be working behind-the-scenes to re-sign Gareth Bale for next season.
Bale now appears to have regained his match fitness, having started three back-to-back Premier League for Spurs, with the Welshman looking back to his best in front of goal.
There have been contradictory claims made over the last few days regarding Tottenham’s chances of re-signing Bale on loan next season.
The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick reported on Tuesday that Tottenham do not have an option to extend the winger’s stay beyond the end of this season and would have to negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid if they want to re-sign him.
However, Alasdair Gold claimed that Spurs do have the first option to sign the 31-year-old on loan next season on the same terms of his current deal.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has suggested that Tottenham have not yet made a decision on Bale’s future and will only do so at the end of the current campaign.
Robinson is confident that Spurs would have started working on the deal given the form that the on-loan Real Madrid star has shown over the past few weeks.
The former Tottenham number one told Football Insider: “I think it is something they will already be looking at it, without a doubt.
“Financially, Champions League qualification would make the deal a lot easier but regardless I think the club will look at it.
“Bale looks very happy at Spurs and he looks like he is playing among friends. He looks like he is back home.
“If Spurs continue on this upwards curve then I do not know why he would want to go and play anywhere else.”
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If Bale does not pick up an injury until the end of the season, then I believe it would be a no-brainer for Spurs to re-sign him for next season, particularly if we have an option. It would make little economic sense for the club to have absorbed nearly half of his wages for six months to help him get back fit and then to not capitalise on it next season.
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