Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has ruled out the possibility of Gareth Bale returning to the Premier League.
Last year, Bale was rumoured to have fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and has been linked with a move away from the club for the last two transfer windows, with a return to Spurs also being mooted (El Desmarque).
The Welsh winger was reportedly close to completing a move to the Chinese Super League last summer but the deal was pulled at the last minute by Madrid president Florentino Pérez (The Guardian).
Spurs reportedly made a further attempt to bring the 30-year-old back to North London last month (The Times) only for the transfer to once again fail to materialise.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already ruled out the chance of the Welshman returning to Tottenham (AS) and Balague believes it is unlikely that the Real Madrid star has changed his mind about where his next destination is likely to be.
Speaking to Genting Bet, Balague said: “If going to China was something that attracted Gareth Bale at the time, who’s to say that maybe he gets attracted by another foreign approach,”
“I don’t think he’ll go back to the Premier League so now it’s a matter of seeing the chess game that’s going to be produced now.”
Balague also revealed that Madrid were to blame for the failure of Bale’s China transfer last summer.
He went on to add: “Gareth Bale had decided to leave this summer, he was all decided, couldn’t stand Real Madrid anymore,”
“He was left out of the squad against Bruges and he didn’t understand what he had to do to be in the team.
“It was Real Madrid’s fault that he hasn’t gone, he had a deal with a Chinese club, Gareth Bale was going for free and the Chinese club would pay his wages, and Real Madrid agreed to that.
“But then Florentino Perez heard that James Rodriguez was about to get an offer of 30, 40 million EURO from another Chinese club.
“When Florentino heard about James, he thought, oh, if they’re going to pay 30, 40 for him then they should pay the same for Gareth. And at that point the conversations broke down, so no deal.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The press might continue linking us with Bale but it is time we forget about the transfer as it is clear that isn’t going to happen. The 30-year-old doesn’t seem too intent on taking a wage cut and I would also question if he has the hunger to prove himself again in the Premier League.
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