According to a report by Marca (as relayed by Sport Witness), Gareth Bale could be set for a ‘battle’ with Real Madrid next season once he returns from his loan spell at Spurs as the Welshman is refusing to take a pay-cut.
Bale’s performances since returning to Tottenham have left a lot to be desired and the winger looks a long-way off from forcing himself into Spurs’ starting eleven.
It was reported last week that Tottenham had informed Real Madrid that they will not be extending Bale’s stay in North London beyond the end of the season as the 31-year-old’s performances have not convinced Jose Mourinho or the Tottenham hierarchy.
Bale’s contract at Real Madrid, which runs out in the summer of 2022, is worth a whopping £600,000-per-week, of which Spurs are paying around £250,000 per week for the duration of his stay at the club (Daily Mail).
Marca have now revealed that the La Liga giants might have a big headache on their hands as they are looking to reduce their wage bill.
It is alleged that Bale is unwilling to do anything to help Real Madrid and that he was the only player in Los Blancos’ squad to refuse a 10% pay cut last year which the club requested due to the financial impact of COVID-19.
The report suggests that Madrid would struggle to find a new club for the experienced wide man if he continues to perform poorly at Spurs and the Spanish club are facing the possibility of Bale being left out of their squad and continuing to collect his wages while sitting in the stands.
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Bale would likely view his stance on this issue as completely justified given how he has been treated at Madrid. However, if the Welshman is happy to sit in the stands and collect his bumper salary next year as he has done for the past two years, that does raise question marks about his appetite to prove himself at the top level.
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