Real Madrid Transfers: Don’t count on Gareth Bale doing any favors

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid loaned right winger Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspur this summer in the hopes that a reunion with his old club would coax the best out of the fallen star. It has taken several months, but Bale is starting to find his footing in North London.

Finding a way to offload Bale’s wages this upcoming summer transfer window is one of Real’s biggest tasks, because if they cannot accomplish this objective, they won’t be able to assemble the squad they want for Zinedine Zidane (or any other manager, for that matter). Bale sets Los Blancos back 30 million euros a year, and while his wages are partially covered by Spurs right now, there’s still no guarantee he will stay with his first major club.

According to a report from The Mirror, Gareth Bale isn’t going to take any paycuts to help Real Madrid out, regardless of what happens.

That means if Spurs aren’t interested in taking him on for another year and no club wants to buy him outright, Real must pay him every cent they agreed to on his current deal. He is not going to do Los Merengues any favors.

Gareth Bale would still want Real Madrid to pay him every cent

That also means if Real get into a situation with Tottenham or another club where they come up with a loan deal, Bale would expect to be paid his entire salary, no matter how it is covered. For what it’s worth, the Mirror notes that Bale is “open” to staying with Spurs but won’t make any decisions on his future until after the 2020-2021 Premier League season comes to a close.

So far this season, Bale has six goals and three assists in the Premier League and the Europa League for Spurs, making him more productive than many of Real Madrid’s wingers. He was excellent in his most recent appearance against Burnley with two goals and an assist.

From a footballing perspective, it may not be a disaster if Bale returns to Real if he can keep playing like this, but that’s a big “if”, particularly when you consider that he didn’t seem to get on with Zinedine Zidane at all.

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The Bale situation is an uncomfortable one for Madridistas. Nobody is surprised to read a report that Bale is unwilling to take a paycut, as it isn’t difficult to believe. But it is nonetheless disheartening, as it means Real Madrid could be put in a tough spot. Bale’s salary could impede Los Blancos from signing their top target, Kylian Mbappe.