The Welshman, who signed for Real Madrid for a record £86million fee this summer, was wanted by the Catalan club last summer. Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett met twice with the club ahead of a potential £50million move.
However, Barnett told the current La Liga champions to wait two seasons, stating: “he wasn’t ‘mature enough to leave his family environment and Britain and start life in another league.”
Barcelona eventually spent that £50million this summer, securing the services of Brazilian starlet Neymar. The 21-year-old has scored twice in the league this season, both in the club’s 4-1 over Real Vallodolid.
It will be relieving news for Spurs fans, who saw their club spend that extra £36million on bringing Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to White Hart Lane in August.
Bale has played just 2 La Liga matches in the white of Barca’s rivals Real Madrid, scoring on his debut against Villarreal. The Welshman, who earns around £300,000-a-week at the Santiago Bernabeu, could have been teammates with Lionel Messi instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, had his agent not pulled the plug on a deal last summer.
The 24-year-old has been included in Chris Coleman’s Wales squad ahead of their final World Cup Qualifiers.
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