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Tottenham Hotspur Reignite Interest In Real Madrid Ace: Should They Opt For A Reunion?

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If a recent report from Catalan outlet El Nacional is believed to be true, Tottenham Hotspur might knock Real Madrid’s door once more for Gareth Bale in the upcoming winter window. This would be an incredible third stint at the Lane for the Welsh wizard who made a decent impression last season in limited appearances under Jose Mourinho.

The 32-year-old enjoyed early success at Bernabeu following a €100.8 m transfer from Spurs back in summer 2013. However, he eventually lost his place due to form and fitness concerns and the Blancos failed to offload him on permanent terms with no outfit willing to match the player’s astronomical wages that he currently earns in the Spanish capital. The Lilywhites decided to pay a chunk of it to welcome the wingman back in North London and they might opt for a similar deal next month to add more firepower upfront.

Tottenham have been a galvanized force since Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as the new gaffer. They are not only back in the ‘top four’ hunt but also aiming for silverware having already made it through to the semifinals of the League Cup. Meanwhile, their success relies on the Harry Kane and Son Heung-min pair in the attacking third and the return of the Welshman would inject quality as well as experience amid the upcoming fixture congestion.

VALE OF GLAMORGAN, WALES – NOVEMBER 09: Gareth Bale of Wales trains during a Wales Training Session at The Vale Resort on November 09, 2021 in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Why Tottenham Hotspur Should Opt For The Loan

Bale fired in 16 goals last season in 34 appearances across competitions donning Tottenham colours and regained a starting status under Carlo Ancelotti who was reappointed as the Real Madrid chief to succeed Zidane early into the campaign. Despite featuring three times in August, the veteran attacker has not kicked the ball in four months through injury nightmares.

The Wales superstar is already in the final year of his contract and the club would be relieved to let him leave for free upon the completion of the current term. His egress would free up their wage bill significantly and a move from Spurs should be welcomed as well given the burden of the salary is shared for the remainder of the season.

Although Tottenham have Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Bryan Gil as the other wide attacking options, the latter is still pretty young and needs more time to attune to the demands of the English game. Bergwijn, on the other hand, has struggled with his finishing traits and a shake-up high up the pitch would be a welcome move to script a resurgence.

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