Fabrizio Romano has given his take on the latest news surrounding Gareth Bale’s future and a potential return to Tottenham Hotspur.
It was a bit of an odd year for the Welshman, as he struggled to get into the team under Jose Mourinho over his fitness concerns, but still found the time to score 16 goals when he was available and ending the season as a regular under the control of Ryan Mason.
And to top it all off, recent reports in Spanish outlet ABC claimed he was set to retire after this summer’s European Championships and negotiate a cut-price deal with Real Madrid in order to get out of his contract in the Spanish capital.
But speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano quickly put to bed any notion of retirement for the 31-year-old, before hinting that there might be a chance for him to return to north London during the summer:
“This is absolutely fake news. Gareth Bale is not considering to leave football, to retire, he wants to continue. He has a contract with Real Madrid, so how can you retire with this kind of contract? Bale is staying in football.
“Let’s see what happens for his future because at the end of the season, now [it] is the end of the season, but [in] the end, when they decide their new managers, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
“They will discuss Gareth Bale together with his agent Jonathan Barnett, they will talk about the future of Bale, let’s see what happens, but it depends about the managers, you know, because look how different Gareth Bale was under Mourinho and under [Mason].”
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It has been claimed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has shown an interest in bringing Bale back to the club, but as Romano hints, a lot of it will revolve around who is in the respective dugouts, especially considering the recent news regarding Zinedine Zidane, whose departure was confirmed since Romano’s comments.
Bale’s performances this season have certainly shown that he can be of some use to Spurs as they look to rebuild after what was a disappointing campaign, and they should at least try to make something happen, and hopefully next season he’ll be let off the leash a bit more and get those goal numbers up.