Tottenham are reportedly interested in bringing Gareth Bale back to North London, but his agent has ruled out a loan move, describing it as ‘ridiculous’.
Bale has continued to struggle for first-team minutes this season under Zinedine Zidane, making just nine league starts for Real Madrid this campaign. Whilst injuries have played a big part in restricting his game time, it’s clear that Zidane does not favour using the Welshman, and that he doesn’t have a significant future at the club.
His lack of minutes has inevitably once again sparked media speculation linking the winger to to an exit from the Bernabeu, with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs supposedly one of the favourites for his signature.
However, with Bale’s stature, current wages and Real Madrid’s secure financial situation, it would take significant funds to complete a permanent transfer. This has, in turn, sparked speculation about a possible loan move, although Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has dismissed the idea of his client moving anywhere on loan.
“He is one of the best players on Earth, why would one of the best players on Earth go somewhere on loan? That is ridiculous,” Barnett told Sky Sports News.
“At the moment he will be playing football this evening for Real Madrid and he has another two-and-a-half-years of his contract and he is fine.
“Loans are ridiculous and not many clubs can actually afford him anyway. He is happy, he will play at Real Madrid and hopefully he will win another couple of things with them.”
With a loan been deemed ‘ridiculous’, El Chiringuito report that Spurs would be willing to pay up to £25 million (€30 million) to secure the return of the former Southampton academy graduate to the North London outfit.