Mauricio Pochettino admits to a ‘good relationship’ with Gareth Bale

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Dom Le Roy

Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid appears to be hanging by a thread after the Welshman fell down the pecking order following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager of the Spanish giants.

Bale was recently left on the bench for Real’s final game of the season when they slumped to a home defeat to Real Betis.

According to The Sun, Los Blancos are so keen to move the 29-year-old on, they will take an offer where a club pays around £250,000-a-week for Bale’s wages – believed to be in excess of £600,000 – in addition to the £10m fee.  

The 29-year-old  departed Tottenham for Real in a then world record £85m transfer in 2013 and, despite winning four Champions League trophies in his time in Madrid, he has been booed by his own supporters.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was asked earlier this week about the speculation about a potential return to North London for Bale and refused to be drawn into the transfer talk.

“He’s a Real Madrid player,” Pochettino said while appearing in good spirits in an interview with El Chiringuito TV.

“But we have a good relationship. We played against him last year. I have good references about him.

“Everyone has a fond memory of him here, just like they do at Southampton.

“He still has three years on his contract at Madrid. It’s a situation that isn’t easy for him and isn’t easy for the club.”

Opinion

Gareth Bale has certainly proved that at Real Madrid he has the talent to play at the highest level, however, his wages are a massive stumbling block in any hope of him returning to Spurs.  

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