‘He wants to be loved’ – Berbatov speaks on Gareth Bale’s future

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Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that he would like to see Gareth Bale return to Tottenham Hotspur next season.

Bale ended his season-long loan spell at Tottenham in style as he came off the bench to score a brace in the Lilywhites’ 4-2 win over Leicester on Sunday.

The two strikes took the Welshman’s tally for the season to 16 goals, not bad for a player who was written off as a flop just a few months into the campaign.

However, it is unclear whether Spurs will be able to re-sign Bale for next season, with some reports suggesting that the club will have to re-negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid if they hope to do so.

Berbatov admitted that he would love to see his former Spurs teammate back in N17 next season.

The Bulgarian told Betfair (as relayed by The Metro): “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player, but he played 34 games and scored 16 goals this season which is pretty decent.

“If he got more playing time he might have scored more. His goals against Leicester were excellent and I hope there is a solution for which he is satisfied.

“Why not stay at Spurs if he is happy there! I would like to see him stay. He wants to be loved, respected and valued at Spurs and that seems to be the case now.”

Berbatov also admitted that Zinedine Zidane’s exit from the Santiago Bernabeu could have an impact on the 31-year-old’s decision.

However, the former Spurs striker insisted that he cannot see Bale resolving his differences with the La Liga giants.

He added: “I don’t want to see him go back to Real Madrid and sit on the bench. The other thing is if he goes back to Real Madrid and plays if Zidane is not there next year.

“Now Madrid have seen what he can do, maybe they will do a U-turn and decide to play him.

“You have to say that Bale did well this term, maybe Real may feel that they can use him next season and he is a useful squad player. However, I’m doubtful that those differences will be fixed.

“There is also the Euros coming up and he can play a pivotal role for Wales. During the Euros, his agent will be working behind the scenes while he’s concentrating on the tournament and then they will take it from there.”

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