Earlier this week, Gareth Bale admitted he plans on to return to Real Madrid once his loan deal at Tottenham Hotspur expires at the end of this season.

Following that, Sky Sports reported Spurs have already identified VfB Stuttgart’s Nicolás González and Lille’s Jonathan Bamba as potential targets to replace the Welshman in the summer.

It was also explained the Bundesliga side will be looking at a fee of around €30m to let the forward leave, and the claims made by Sky Sports have now reached Germany, where have provided Stuttgart’s stance on the latest report.

It’s made clear the Argentine’s employer are in a ‘strong position’ in the transfer ‘poker’ and aren’t concerned about the interest shown by José Mourinho’s side in their player.

Last November, the 22-year-old signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2024, and with his contract not including a release clause, these two factors put Stuttgart in a ‘comfortable negotiating position’.

The South American has struggled with various muscle injuries this season, which has restricted his appearances, but whenever he has been on the pitch, González has been ‘convincing’, managing six goals and two assists in 15 league appearances.