The Spanish media closest to Real Madrid continues to worry about Gareth Bale’s woes at Tottenham. Los Blancos sent him back to London on loan in the summer, with the hope of never seeing him again.

With the Welshman moving on loan, and each club picking up half of his wages, the plan was for Spurs to be impressed and keep him on a permanent basis. El Confidencial report Daniel Levy was the ‘main supporter’ of the move, and there was optimism at the Premier League club about the loan.

So far, Bale has played just 160 minutes in the league, with his last appearance in the competition coming on December 20th. Since then he’s had minutes against Stoke City in the EFL Cup and Marine in the FA Cup.

El Confidencial say that despite getting managerial backing in public, ‘Mourinho challenges him in private’. Bale is living a ‘Groundhog Day’ with his experience at Tottenham not too different from what he was going through at Real Madrid.

Even though they’re only paying half of his wages, it’s stated Bale is still the player Spurs pay the most, and that’s simply not worth it for a ‘golden substitute’.

Should the situation continue then him staying beyond this season, even on the same basis, is highly unlikely.

That presents a problem for Real Madrid, lined up ahead of next summer.