It has become a transfer window ritual over the last few years for Tottenham to be linked with a move for Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid star was once again linked heavily with a return to North London last January, with reports suggesting that Daniel Levy made a serious effort late in the window to land the Welshman (Daily Mail).
Despite the 30-year-old reportedly falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid haven’t been able to shift him out of the club so far, with reports indicating that Bale’s massive wages are the main problem (Sport).
AS reported earlier in the week that Los Blancos are determined to get the former Tottenham star off their wage bill this summer.
This in itself might not be enough to convince Spurs fans that the Lilywhites still have a chance of signing the pacey wide man. However, Bale’s latest revelation might give them hope.
In an interview with BT Sport, Bale admitted that he was rooting for Tottenham in the Champions League last season and referred to himself as a ‘Tottenham fan’.
When asked about the club’s run to the finals of the Champions League last season, he said: “Everybody loves tuning in to watch the Champions League and Tottenham were there so I had a very keen interest and was hoping they would get to the final, and they did.
“And for us Tottenham fans it was a bit disappointing in the final. You have to look at the bigger picture they did great to get there and made a good account for themselves.”
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While we should be cautious not to read too much into these quotes, it is clear that that Bale still has a lot of affection for the club. Given the financial impact of the coronavirus, the likelihood is that the Welshman will have to take a pay cut no matter where he ends up. So, I wouldn’t rule out Levy potentially pulling a surprise this summer.
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