Tottenham are set for a very swift reunion with Gareth Bale after a clause in his initial deal to join Real Madrid emerged.
Bale spent last season back in north London on a temporary basis, but has returned to the Bernabeu since.
Despite uncertainties around his future, the Welshman is expected to be part of Carlo Ancelotti’s side for the upcoming campaign.
Bale scored 11 goals in 20 Premier League matches for Spurs, showing he is still capable of playing at the highest level.
And he is set to be reunited with Tottenham this summer in a pre-season friendly between Real and the Lilywhites.
According to Spanish journalist Jose Felix Dias [via Last Word on Spurs], the friendly is part of Bale’s then-world record agreement to join Real Madrid back in 2013.
Tottenham are said to have requested the pre-season fixture, but it looks as though Real have no choice but to accept.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that there was no option to sign his client permanently in the loan deal with Spurs, meaning he is set to spend next season at the Bernabeu.
Barnett told the Evening Standard: “As I have said from the beginning, there is no option.
“Gareth has no agreements whatsoever. He is under contract to Real.”
Former Spurs defender Alan Hutton admitted that he thinks it is unlikely Bale will return to Tottenham again, hinting at a move to the MLS or another wealthy league instead.
“It’s an interesting one,” Hutton told Football Insider. “He has one year left on his contract at Real Madrid and I can’t see him walking away from that.
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“Is there a possibility he comes back to Tottenham? I don’t think so. Obviously the wage thing is a massive issue, we’re talking about 600 grand per week.
“I’m not sure it was the right move in the first place. It’s always difficult to come back and replicate what you have done the first time.
“We saw it in flashes last season. Looking at the reports, you see teams like LA Galaxy.
“Would that suit his lifestyle? I think that would be more attractive to him.
“We did see what Bale is capable of with Wales, he is still a quality player so there will be a lot of teams after him.
“The money thing will be the big issue.”