Real Madrid are concerned that Gareth Bale’s disappointing return to Tottenham could lead to ‘implications’ for the club’s future transfer plans.
Bale returned to Spurs on a season-long loan deal during the summer seven years after his world-record departure to Real Madrid from the north London side, the winger having found himself on the periphery at the Bernabeu after falling firmly out-of-favour under Zinedine Zidane.
The Wales international’s return to the Premier League was viewed as a chance for the 31-year-old to rediscover his best form after a difficult period in the Spanish capital, but it has so far proven a huge disappointment with Bale having started just one league fixture so far this season.
Bale has featured more prominently in the Europa League but a return of just three goals in 11 appearances is an underwhelming total for the two-time PFA Player of the Year, with huge doubts now being raised over his long-term future.
According to AS, Real are fearful that Bale’s struggles at Spurs will dissuade the north Londoners – or any other side – from signing the star on a permanent basis next summer and with the Welshman contracted to the Spanish capital club until 2022, there is the prospect that their unwanted and expensive asset will return to the squad next season.
The Spanish champions are desperate to strengthen next summer following a relatively quiet period for the club as they finance the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium, though plans are underway to invest heavily with both Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland on their shortlist of transfer targets.
However, Bale’s return to the club and his huge wages could scupper any chances of securing deals for the highly-coveted young stars, and Real will be hoping the winger can find his form over the second half of the season to secure a permanent exit.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the Welshman is set for ‘a few weeks’ on the sidelines with yet another injury.