Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett insists the winger’s future is ‘not all about money’, but admits a return to Tottenham is unlikely for the Real Madrid star.
The Welsh international’s future at the Bernabeu has been a constant source of speculation in recent months, the player having struggled to win favour with Real manager Zinedine Zidane.
Reports emerged that Spurs were considering an audacious move to bring the 30-year-old back to north London during the January transfer window, though Bale’s agent has denied that there was a formal approach from the club about a Premier League return for Bale.
When asked by talkSPORT if Spurs had made an approach to re-sign their former winger, Barnett said: “No.
“[Daniel Levy] may have [visited Madrid], it’s not for me to say whether he did or didn’t.
“Gareth is very happy over there.
🇪🇸 Jonathan: “Gareth believes there is a future there for him at Real.”
🔁 Jamie: “Was there an opportunity to go to Spurs?”
❌ Jonathan: “No… he is still a very important part of Real Madrid.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 3, 2020
“And let’s be realistic: for most clubs he is out of their league, financially.
“It is all well and good to say, ‘give up that money and go and play somewhere else’, but it is not all about money. It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid.”
Bale – currently earning around £600,000-a-week at Real Madrid – is currently contracted to the Spanish giants until the summer of 2022, though any extension to that deal remains unlikely.
Asked if Bale could make a return to Spurs at the expiry of his contract, Barnett doubted the move: “I don’t think so, no.
“He’s in a very fortunate position.
“When his contract is up, hopefully, he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do.”
Bale has made 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid so far this season, scoring just two goals, featuring in just two of Los Blancos eight games in 2020.
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