On Wednesday, we covered a report from Spanish newspaper Marca which explained Real Madrid’s worry over Gareth Bale’s current situation.

The Welshman left Madrid on loan for Tottenham Hotspur in the last transfer window, and the hope in Spain was that he’d impress enough for Spurs to make the move permanent next summer.

Should that not have been possible, the next hope to cling to was another Premier League club being impressed by Bale’s performances and taking the plunge themselves.

However, Bale has managed just 160 minutes of Premier League football, and whilst he’s more than doubled that in the Europa League, playing against the likes of Ludogorets, LASK and Royal Antwerp isn’t why Tottenham agreed to the loan deal.

Sport echo Marca’s claims, and they claim Jose Mourinho has ‘lost confidence’ in the player. ‘Secrecy’ around Bale’s injuries, something which Sport point out happened at Madrid as well, is seen as a sure sign that not everything is going well behind the scenes.

‘Everything indicates’ that Bale will return to Madrid at the end of his Tottenham spell, and he and Los Blancos are ‘condemned’ to remain together until the 31-year-old’s contract expires in 2022.