Gareth Bale is being linked with a potential return to Tottenham following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager last month.
The Welsh international has endured a difficult time in the Spanish capital of late, Bale enjoying a strained relationship with both Real manager Zinedine Zidane and the club’s famously demanding home support.
The relationship between player and club reached a new low following Bale’s celebrations of Wales securing their place at next summer’s European Championships, holding a flag that read ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’
According to Spanish publication El Desmarque, Spurs apparently head the queue to secure his signing ahead of the January transfer window, the winger said to have been ‘in contact’ with Jose Mourinho.
Bale expressed his delight at seeing his old side appoint Mourinho as their new manager in November, admitting the securing of the two-times Champions League winner was a major coup as the club look to win silverware in the coming seasons.
Speaking about Mourinho’s appointment last month, Bale said: “Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner.
“Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”
Real Madrid’s interest in Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen could also be a factor in any deal for Bale to return to the Premier League, the Danish international out-of-contract at the end of the season and seemingly having his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is likely to want to sell the 27-year-old in next month’s window, and could use Eriksen in part-exchange in a deal for Bale in a bid to avoid losing the midfielder on a free transfer in six months time, the report suggesting Spurs could offer €30 million plus the Dane in order to bring Bale back to North London.
Wages remain a huge stumbling block in any potential deal to see the winger return to English football, with no club likely to match the £350,000-a-week wages Bale is reported to earn after tax.
The former Southampton academy graduate came close to a move to the Chinese Super League during the summer, though the possibility of a transfer to the Far East now looks remote following the introduction of a salary cap to the division.