Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has admitted that the Welshman could extend his stay at Tottenham beyond this season.
It has been reported that Spurs have an option to extend Bale’s season-long loan deal by another year, to take it into the summer of 2022 when his contract with Real Madrid runs out (Football.London).
Barnett admitted that the 31-year-old is hoping that things go well in North London and he can stay for a further season.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “I’m sure that if things really worked out well, we’d have no problem.
“This is the club he wants to play at. I don’t see any problems if he wants another year.
“What I hope is he’ll get his love back for the game and play the way he can, but it’s up to him.
“And he’s not on trial anywhere. He’s achieved more than any other, I think, British footballer abroad, so I think he’s fine.”
Barnett insisted that the returning Spurs man did not get treated with the respect he deserved during his time at the Spanish capital.
“In my opinion, he wasn’t treated correctly for somebody who’s done so much for a great club,” said Barnett. “I think that things were wrong.
“It’s hard to put one finger on it but I think somebody who has achieved what he has achieved for a club, in seven years, should have been treated better.
“I don’t want to blame anybody or go into it. I think what the fans did was disgraceful and the club didn’t help. That’s all I really want to get into.”
Reports have claimed that Daniel Levy was the person who was pushing to get the Bale deal done, with The Athletic revealing that the Spurs chairman’s good relationship with Barnett was crucial to getting the transfer over the line quickly.
That is something Barnett himself confirmed, admitting that Levy made the first move.
The 70-year-old added: “Basically it was a conversation between [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and myself where the subject came up, I suggested it and Daniel was interested.
“So that’s basically how it was done. No magic, just long chats. Daniel Levy’s been interested in bringing Gareth back for a long time.
“There was always a reason why it couldn’t happen. Just this was the right moment. They made the move first.”
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It is clear that Bale does not want to go back to Madrid and that the La Liga giants do not really want him back. If he can keep himself fit for a significant portion of the season and play at least 25 or 30 games this season, the likelihood is that we will extend the loan for another year.
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