José Mourinho has sparingly used Gareth Bale in the Premier League this season and started the Real Madrid loanee in the Europa League and the cup competitions, whenever he’s fit.

If one has to go by early indications and various reports, the forward is likely to return to Real Madrid after this campaign.

If that happens, it will create sporting and financial problems for the La Liga winners, reports AS.

He earns €15m net per season and his contract in Madrid expires in 2021. Los Blancos are paying part of the Welshman’s salary during his loan stay in north London.

Sporting wise, the 31-year-old will be a non-EU player next season due to Brexit, since he has not been registered with La Liga this term.

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As per the agreement between La Liga, RFEF and AFE, only those British players who are associated with the Spanish clubs this season will be treated as an EU player in the future, and the status will remain intact until they sign a new contract.

This clause is once again pointed out by Toni Roca, the director of the Sports Law Institute, who goes on to suggest Real Madrid may compensate Bale and terminate his contract in the summer.

“In France, Italy or Germany, to name a few major leagues, Bale is a non-EU member. And seeing his performance and wages, it seems difficult for any great [club] to bet on him,” Roca explained.

“Right now, the only option that seems viable in the event of a transfer is return to the United Kingdom. Another legal alternative? Surely a contract termination, but that would also imply a very high cost. It is not easy at all.”

In the event Zinedine Zidane’s side end up terminating Bale’s contract, it will provide Tottenham a fresh opportunity to sign him on a permanent transfer in the summer.

With Real Madrid potentially paying the contract up, that would mean Spurs wouldn’t have to worry about going anywhere near his current wages, with no other club likely to do that either.