Ex-Tottenham Hotspur right-back Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that he cannot see Gareth Bale returning to Tottenham Hotspur again next season.
Bale’s return to North London last summer was arguably underwhelming as he was outcasted by Jose Mourinho and starved of first-team opportunities for large parts of the season.
The 31-year-old did however finish the campaign with a decent goal return of 11 goals in 20 games in the Premier League.
His agent Jonathan Barnett recently told The Standard that “there is no option” for Spurs to re-sign the player for the 2021/2022 campaign.
Alan Hutton, a former teammate of Bale at Spurs, confirmed these doubts over the Welshman returning to N17 again this summer.
“He has one year left on his contract at Real Madrid and I can’t see him walking away from that.
“Is there a possibility he comes back to Tottenham? I don’t think so. Obviously, the wage thing is a massive issue, we’re talking about 600 grand per week.
“I’m not sure it was the right move in the first place. It’s always difficult to come back and replicate what you have done the first time.”
There were whispers that the Welshman could be heading towards an early retirement, with Spanish outlet AS hinting that he was planning to hang up his boots after the Euros.
The rumours only got bigger when Bale twice declined the opportunity to deny reports he could retire after the European Championship finals this summer.
However, once Wales were knocked out of Euro 2020, he proceeded to reveal that he will keep playing for his country as they look towards the World Cup.
Hutton stated that a move to the MLS is a possibility: “Looking at the reports, you see teams like LA Galaxy. Would that suit his lifestyle? I think that would be more attractive to him.
“We did see what Bale is capable of with Wales, he is still a quality player so there will be a lot of teams after him.
“The money thing will be the big issue.”
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Bale’s return was a strange one; stats wise it’s impressive but every Spurs fan felt there was a lot more to give. Whether you blame Mourinho or Bale’s motives, re-signing the Welshman is starting to look like a lost cause.
Carlo Ancelotti — a manager who Bale respects — returning back to Real Madrid may even mean he chooses to see out the final year of his contract in Madrid.
There is a big feeling that Bale and Spurs’ love story has come to a swift and disappointing end.
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