According to a report from Marca, Real Madrid may have to play a pre-season friendly against Tottenham this summer owing to a clause in the agreement reached between the two clubs regarding Gareth Bale’s transfer in 2013.
Bale joined Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of £85m and it has certainly proved to be money well spent for Los Blancos, with the forward playing a valued role in their four Champions League wins since then.
The 31-year-old has just one year left to run on his current contract in the Spanish capital and his agent Jonathan Barnett has confirmed that Spurs do not have an option to extend his loan deal by another season.
However, some sources have indicated that Nuno Espirito Santo could give the green light for a fresh approach for Bale this summer.
Marca have now reported that while it is still unclear where the wide man is going to play next season, a clause in his sale by Spurs back in 2013 could affect Real Madrid’s pre-season plans.
The report reveals that the clause requires Real Madrid to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on the Lilywhites in a pre-season friendly.
Spurs have allegedly reminded Madrid of the clause and it is revealed that the La Liga giants might be at risk of legal action if they do not fulfil their responsibility.
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Given that stadiums are set to go back to full capacity in a couple of weeks, it would not be a surprise if Spurs are indeed pushing for friendlies to play this summer. With the club losing a significant amount of matchday revenue over the past year and a half, one would expect Levy and co to pack in as many events/matches are possible in order to ease the financial pressures.
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