Tottenham have the option to extend Gareth Bale’s loan for another season, according to reports in England and Spain.
Bale returned to Tottenham in the summer after seven years at Real Madrid. He had fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital despite them previously spending a world record fee on him.
Bale was criticised for his fondness for playing golf, instead of his focus being fully on his career in Madrid.
His huge wages were causing a problem for the La Liga giants, especially when he was barely playing. Therefore, they were happy for him to leave this summer.
The finances behind the deal meant it had to be a loan – and Tottenham were the ones to benefit. They managed to lure the Wales international back to north London.
Since his return, teammates have noticed an improvement in his mood. His first goal back in England came in a win over Brighton at the start of this month.
There has already been talk of Spurs looking to keep Bale beyond the expiration of his loan. One report suggested Madrid would be willing to sell him for €15m, just to get his wages off the books.
Now, though, a report from Football London claims that Tottenham have the opportunity to keep him by extending his loan.
Bale’s contract at Madrid expires in 2022, so it is not clear how long that loan would last. However, it would be a cost-effective way for Tottenham to retain their star player.
Formula of second loan emerges
Spanish outlet AS also say a second loan is a possibility for Bale. This time, though, Tottenham would have to cover his entire salary.
Madrid agreed to cover half of Bale’s salary when loaning him out to the Premier League side. They would not be prepared to take such measures a second time.
In fact, the Spanish report claims Madrid are hopeful Bale’s form will lead to buyers coming forward. If the price is right, it could be an opportunity for Tottenham.
However, AS do not rule out a return to Real for the 31-year-old if he continues to prove himself again with Spurs this season.