BBC: Gareth Bale will not return to Tottenham
Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title by coming off the bench to score a brace in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the final.
It is the fourth time in five seasons since the Welsh winger joined the world football giants that they have got their hands on the biggest club cup prize in European football.
The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in recent months having not been a regular starter in Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been the names on most people’s lips during this time, but the BBC understand that Bale will not return to his former club.
The BBC believe that his £350,000-a-week contract at Real Madrid, that runs through to 2022, will simply be too much for the North London club. Whether Manchester United will even have the funds to bring the Wales international back to the Premier League remains to be seen. And why leave a club that continue to win the Champions League?
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Spurs in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85 million. During his time in the Spanish capital he has been productive when fit but has struggled for regular action season after season due to recurring injuries.
During his five seasons in La Liga Bale has played 126 of a possible 190 games, starting 112 of those. He