Former Coventry City striker Noel Whelan believes that Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to re-sign Gareth Bale next season on the back of the Welshman’s recent comments.
Bale’s interview with Sky Sports while on international duty with Wales has created plenty of headlines over the past week.
The winger revealed in the press conference that his plan is to return to Real Madrid after completing the season and also added that his main motivation to come to Spurs this season was to get a match fit for the Euros.
The latter claim did not sit well with some Spurs fans on social media, who felt betrayed.
However, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett did clear the air, explaining that his client’s words were taken out of context.
Barnett insisted that the 31-year-old was merely stating a fact rather than a desire to return to Madrid and admitted that a decision is yet to be made over Bale’s future.
However, Whelan believes the Tottenham star’s statement shows a lack of hunger to succeed in North London.
When asked about Bale’s potentially returning to Spurs next season, the pundit told Football Insider: “It’s very unlikely after that sort of comment I would presume.
“Has he lost a little bit of fight? Because it seems to me that he just wants to drift through football at the minute. Not nail down a position at a club or turn something into something really good for himself.
“It’s not really showing much desire and fight within himself, quite frankly.
“It seems like he’s more than happy just drifting through whatever contract he’s got left. Then deciding himself what he wants to do.
“It certainly doesn’t put out a great picture about him if anybody else is gonna take a chance on him.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It was always clear that one of Bale’s main motivations in returning to Spurs was to get a match fit for the Euros. However, the Welshman should have worded his statement better and it is understandable why some Spurs fans are upset by what he said. With regards to re-signing Bale next season, I suspect that would depend on whether we make it back into the Champions League.
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