According to Marca, Gareth Bale, who has been linked with a return to Tottenham this summer, did not show up for Real Madrid’s title celebration over the weekend.
There were reports back in February that Bale could return to Tottenham for a third spell when his contract with Real Madrid runs out in the summer (El Nacional).
The Evening Standard subsequently claimed the winger is not considering a return to North London and could instead hang up his boots at the end of the season should Wales not qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
However, the reports linking Spurs with a move for the 32-year-old do not seem to be dissipating, with The Independent claiming just last week that the Welshman is one of the players Antonio Conte’s side will target if they qualify for the Champions League.
The only thing that seems certain at this point is the fact that Bale will be leaving Madrid when his contract runs out this summer.
This was further made clear over the weekend, with Marca revealing the winger did not even show up to the Santiago Bernabeu to watch his teammates beat Espanyol and celebrate winning the title.
The report explains that Bale trained normally in the pre-match session but complained that his back was hurting – an injury the medical services couldn’t detect.
Bale later took to Twitter to reveal he was suffering from painful back spasms, which is why he was not present.
So disappointed that I’m not able to be part of the celebrations this evening due to a bad back spasm but really proud of the team for winning the title! Enjoy tonight boys! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/RbXttKwHSE
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) April 30, 2022
Marca term the former Spurs man not showing up at the stadium as an ‘ugly gesture’, with Madrid allegedly dismissing it as a matter of indifference from a player who is determined to leave through the back door.
Spurs Web Opinion
The Madrid press and the Real Madrid fans have not been kind to Bale over the years. So, he has every right to be aggrieved. However, one would have still expected him to perhaps want to end on good terms with the club and fan base, given how long he has been at the club.
While Bale is guaranteed to leave Madrid, I do not think there is any chance of him returning to Spurs for a third sell as I do not see him as a good fit for Conte’s set-up, given how demanding the Italian is of his plays both on and off the ball.
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