In Focus: Bale return would be homecoming to remember for Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale may consider a return to Tottenham Hotspur next summer, according to Don Balon.

What’s the story?

The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to the Premier League almost every season since moving to the Bernabeu from Spurs in 2013.

On this occasion, Don Balon reports that the Spanish giants are growing weary of the attacker’s injury problems and may decide to offload him next summer.

Bale is currently on the sidelines with a calf problem – a similar issue that has blighted him eight times during his four-year spell in Madrid.

Manchester United have regularly been linked with a swoop for the Wales international, but now the prospect of a sensational return to North London has been reported.

It is believed that Bale could be swayed into re-signing for Spurs over United due to his emotional connection to the club.

Should he go back?

In many aspects of life, the term ‘never go back’ is a good one to stand by, but from Tottenham’s point of view, having Bale in the team would boost their chances of title glory significantly.

In the early stages of the Welshman’s Madrid career there were rumours that he was feeling homesick, so returning to a club that he is very familiar with suggests that he could hit the ground running.

Some would question why Bale would even want to go back to Tottenham given that he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and has picked up three Champions League crowns in the last four years.

However, it is clear to see that Mauricio Pochettino is transforming Spurs into genuine contenders, and with the new stadium on the horizon, they are beginning to look the part.

Given Bale’s link to Tottenham – he spent six years at the club – it may not take much for him to consider moving back, particularly as he will have the chance to potentially spearhead the London outfit to glory.

Are there any problems?

Yes, money. Bale was sold to Madrid for a then-world record £85m and it is likely that the Spanish giants will be looking to recoup that figure.

The attacker’s injury problems could prevent Real from making a profit, but club president Florentino Perez is unlikely to go below the sum that was paid.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and a stubborn one at that, so if he were to enter negotiations, it could be a long and arduous process.

On top of that, the North London club have a very modest wage structure, which they will have to reassess if they want to welcome back Bale.