‘I checked into it again’ – Alasdair Gold clarifies what he heard about Bale option

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Alasdair Gold has claimed that he is led to believe that Tottenham do have the first option to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan for next season after another reported claimed it not to be the case.

There has been plenty of speculation doing the rounds over Bale’s future over the past few weeks.

Real Madrid’s stance on the matter seems to be clear, with the Spanish press revealing that Los Blancos are desperate to get the winger’s salary off their wage bill.

Gold previously reported for Football.London that Tottenham have the first option to re-sign the winger on loan next season which would take him to the end of his current contract with Real Madrid.

However, The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick claimed on Tuesday that no such option exists and that Spurs would have to re-negotiate a deal with Real Madrid if they want to extend Bale’s stay at the club for a further season.

Gold has now revealed that he once again checked into the matter and is of the belief that confirmed Tottenham do indeed have the option to sign the 31-year-old on the same terms of his current loan deal.

Gold said on his YouTube channel: “I’m probably going to make myself very unpopular here with some people, but I’ve noticed there’s been some reports today saying that there’s no option for Spurs to have a second year.

“I can just say what I know, at the time I reported this, and I checked into it again today to confirm, and I’m still led to believe that it’s the case that Tottenham do have a first option on a second-season loan, so they have first dibs on taking him again, and from what I understand, it’s on the same terms as this season, which if I remember correctly is roughly around 40-45 per cent of his wages, which is terrific, it is a really good deal.”

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Both Gold and Kilpatrick are usually reliable when it comes to stories regarding Tottenham. However, Gold certainly seems to be confident here that his source is right on Spurs having the option to extend Bale’s stay. That is something he has consistently claimed since the Welshman returned to the club last summer.

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