Gareth Bale started his second spell at Tottenham Hotspur in slow fashion, playing the majority of his minutes in the cups and Europa League after recovering from an injury.
Up until last month, it seemed as if the move to sign the Welshman on loan had been somewhat of a flop for the North London club.
However, Bale has shown some eye-catching form over the past few games, highlighting that his eye for goal has not drifted with age.
Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan has claimed that Jose Mourinho will likely have the final say over whether Spurs move for Bale in the summer or not.
He added that Mourinho will make the decision based on what is best for Spurs and nothing else, with Bale having until the end of the campaign to prove that he is worth signing.
The on-loan Real Madrid star has now scored eight and assisted three in 21 games across all competitions this season. In his last five games, he has managed four goals and three assists (TransferMarkt).
On whether Spurs can strike a deal for Bale in the summer, Whelan said (Football Insider): “Yeah, you’d think so.
“I’m sure Jose will have the last say. He won’t come down to peer pressure from fans or anybody else. Jose knows what he wants and the chairman will back that, I’m sure.
“Like I say, there are no friends in football. There’s no love just because you’ve been at a club before.
“Jose will choose what he feels best is best for Tottenham Hotspur. Gareth Bale’s got until the end of the season to prove he’s worthy of a contract.”
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