Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly made a decision over Gareth Bale’s future at the club. Bale’s season-long loan deal with Spurs is set to end next month, with the Welshman currently due to return to parent club Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old fell out of favour in the latter stages of Jose Mourinho’s reign in north London, but has been boosted by Ryan Mason taking over as interim head coach until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Bale moved onto 14 goals from 30 appearances by scoring a brilliant hat-trick in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
He flicked the opener over Aaron Ramsdale, finished one-on-one to make it 2-0 and, after Son Heung-min curled in off the post, Bale completed his hat-trick by firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Bale’s form and Mourinho’s departure is bound to bring his long-term future at Tottenham back into the spotlight, with Levy holding a great deal of influence.
According to the Daily Mail, the Spurs chairman is going to leave it up to the next manager to decide whether they want to keep Bale for the 2021/22 campaign.
Following his impact on the weekend, the report states that there is now a “growing feeling” at the club that a second season-long loan deal would make sense for both parties.
If Bale agrees, Spurs can reportedly secure another loan on the same terms, meaning they can pay around £240,000 per week of his wages to keep the Real attacker, who still has another year to run on his contract with the Spanish giants.
That eventuality would cost Tottenham around £12million over the course of another season, but saves them trying to buy a replacement in what could well be a difficult summer transfer window.
Bale does not have a good relationship with Real manager Zinedine Zidane and hinted that he would be happy to stay with Spurs following Sunday’s win over Sheffield United.
“Winning always makes everyone happy and gives a winning mentality to the dressing room,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s not going to happen overnight but I feel like we’re taking a step in the right direction.
“Obviously you have to take your chances when they come, and thankfully I had a few tonight. I’m feeling good.
“As I’ve said before I just needed to play games and get a run of games and I’m doing that now, so I’m happy and when I’m happy I normally play well.
“It was a great performance by the team. From the first whistle I felt we were on the front foot and got control of it and played some good football.
“I feel like we are taking a step in the right direction and playing more like the Tottenham way.”