Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is likely to be decided by their next manager, according to reports…
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will offer the next Spurs boss the chance to keep the Welsh superstar on as they have the option to extend his loan deal by a further season.
They would, however, need Bale to agree to the stay, which may be a little easier now that Jose Mourinho has been sacked.
There is very little chance that the 31-year-old returns to Real Madrid to play a significant role, only bolstering the Lilywhites’ chances and it would cost the North Londoners around £12m in wages alone to have him for another year.
This is a move that Levy should probably sanction regardless of who is in charge as it’ll set the club up nicely ahead of next season, where they will need to bounce back with a statement campaign.
Bale has largely struggled for minutes at Spurs this term, mainly due to a combination of a lack of fitness and injury troubles but he has still delivered impressive goal returns, so give him a full pre-season at the club and he may well do some serious damage alongside Harry Kane.
From just 1,471 minutes (30 appearances), the £18m-rated beast has scored 14 goals and assisted three more, meaning he’s averaging a direct contribution once every 86 minutes.
Interim boss Ryan Mason recent dubbed Bale “outstanding” and “world-class” following his hat-trick against basement boys Sheffield United over the weekend, whilst in the past, Mourinho had hailed him “remarkable” and “incredible” despite a lack of action.
If Spurs are to get back into Champions League contention, then they will need to keep players like Kane and Bale around, otherwise, it makes their task ever so much harder.