Tottenham Hotspur were successful in taking Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid in the last summer market.

The Welshman earns a net annual salary of €15m and Los Blancos will cover half of his wages during his time in north London.

Bale has struggled with two different injuries since retiring to Spurs and has been restricted to only four appearances (includes one start) in the Premier League.

José Mourinho has largely preferred to use the forward in the Europa League and domestic cups.

According to Sport, the La Liga winners have drawn up a list of ‘expandable players’, but the exit operations have been complicated. That’s because the high wages they earn at Real Madrid has put off potential suitors from completing signings.

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Bale is used as an example as the Spanish giants have been trying to offload him for the last two years.

Real Madrid couldn’t find him a new club before they agreed to let him go out on loan to Tottenham, while covering 50 percent of his salary.

The former Southampton man is ‘no longer that explosive’, and in addition to this, has a history of ‘scary injuries.’ Sport state ‘such is the situation’ that Mourinho’s side ‘don’t want him’ next season.

Bale ‘threatens’ to return to his parent club to fulfil his final year of contract and in the process, collect another €30m (gross salary). This situation will only make it worse for Real Madrid, especially since Zinedine Zidane is not an admirer.


This has been the common them in Spain over the last week or so. Last Thursday, Sport reported the Portuguese tactician has ‘lost confidence’ in the 31-year-old.

Two days later, Mundo Deportivo explained Spurs are disappointed with the player and are considering not keeping him beyond his loan spell.

Bale’s temporary deal with the English club runs down at the end of this season and the possibility of him returning to Madrid is causing concerns at Real Madrid.