Ryan Mason refused to be drawn into commenting on whether Gareth Bale could return to Tottenham Hotspur on a second loan spell next season.
The interim head coach was asked about the Welshman in his post-match press conference following the 4-2 win over Leicester City on the final day.
Gareth himself admitted in his post-match interview that he knew what he was doing next season but didn’t want to cause chaos by revealing it (Sky Sports 23/05/21 at 18:15 – as relayed by Dan Kilpatrick and Alasdair Gold).
Bale was benched for the game against the Foxes but came on in the second half and scored a brace to send Spurs home with all three points.
Those two strikes took Bale’s total for the season across all competitions to 16 goals and three assists, which includes an impressive 11 goals from 20 Premier League games (TransferMarkt).
Instead, Mason chose to comment on the Welshman’s quality, insisting that the moments of brilliance will never vanish from Bale’s game.
He also added that the on-loan Real Madrid winger came on against Leicester and changed the game with some of his creativity and skill.
Mason said (Football London): “I’m not going to speak about individuals when it comes to this summer and next season.
“We need to appoint a manager first but in terms of Gareth, yes he produced moments of brilliance.
“I’ve said all along that Gareth won’t lose this. You don’t overnight lose that ability to produce moments when you’re that good.
“He’s proven that over a decade and he’s been excellent for me and he’s been excellent today as well.
“I thought he came on and changed the game. Some of the touches and the balls he played, he showed immense quality and I expect nothing less from Gareth.”
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