Alex McLeish has said that he expects Real Madrid to ship out Gareth Bale in the summer but admitted that a return to Spurs is not guaranteed for the Welshman.
Bale’s future has been subject to plenty of speculation over the past few weeks, with some reports suggesting that Spurs have the first refusal on the winger next year while others have claimed that the North Londoners would have to renegotiate with Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old cast doubt on a potential return to Tottenham by stating earlier this week that his plan is to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season, which some Spurs fans on social media were quite upset by.
However, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett explained that the on-loan Real Madrid man’s words were taken out of context and he is yet to make a decision about his future.
Mcleish believes that Barnett will engineer a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu for his client but admitted that a return to Spurs does not look certain for Bale.
The former Birmingham City manager told Football Insider: “In a nutshell, Real Madrid will be trying to get him out of the contract with a little money as they can.
“They’ll probably let him do a deal somewhere and there will be clubs who will be eager to take Gareth on. Whether Mourinho has seen enough of Gareth over the last year or so.
“It seems if you’re a Spurs fan watching, he’s not really justified enough to be a full-time Spurs signing. There’s been Gareth Bale moments but maybe not the Gareth Bale we want to see every week.
“Every game, every minute he’s on the pitch he’s got to treat as crucial if he wants to stay at Spurs. He’s got a world-class agent.
“The agent could be working away doing something else at the moment in terms of his future.”
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It is understandable why there is so much speculation about Bale’s future. However, I cannot see either party making a decision so soon with a couple of months still left in the season. There are a lot of variables that could change from now until the end of the campaign as two months is a long time in football.
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