Gareth Bale managed 14 goals and seven assists for Real Madrid in the 2018/19 season, but Zinedine Zidane didn’t give the forward enough opportunities last season.

Los Blancos wanted to place him elsewhere last summer and they managed to partially succeed after allowing the 31-year-old’s return to Tottenham Hotspur on a loan deal.

The La Liga winners continue to pay part of the Welshman’s wages during his temporary stay at the north London club.

Real Madrid were hopeful the forward could impress in the Premier League, but that hasn’t happened so far since José Mourinho has hardly used him in the league.

Despite the limited opportunities and two different injuries, Bale has scored three times this season. That has not been sufficient to convince the Portuguese tactician and Spurs, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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The stance maintained by both the former Chelsea manager and his employer on Bale is not well received at the Santiago Bernabéu.

That’s because Zidane’s side ‘were confident’ Tottenham were ready to take Bale permanently in the summer.

However, it’s unlikely to happen now and Mundo add injuries have ‘not helped’ the Wales international during his second spell in London.