Gareth Bale agent to Evening Standard: “It's a three-party discussion; it’s us, Real and Tottenham. We have our views and we will let them know. Future at Real Madrid for Bale? I very much doubt that... but if they want to put him on the bench then that's fine”. ⚪️ #THFC #Real— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 11, 2021
Barnett was clearly voicing his disagreement with Bale returning to Real Madrid this summer just to make appearances off the bench. He added “They want to put me on the bench with that salary? That’s fine for me as well.”
Bale was not making frequent appearances for Tottenham this season either under Jose Mourinho. It wasn’t until recently that Bale started to get more starts and opportunities. Barnett says that Bale ‘had a rough time’ under Mourinho’s management this season.
“As I said to Spurs at the beginning: ‘if you give him a run, put your trust in him, let him play his own game, not tell him he’s got to do this and that, treat him like a Messi or a Ronaldo—I’m not he’s as good—and you’ll see. It’s been proven that every time he’s been left like that, he’s gone and scored a lot goals. He’s world class.”
“So that was the biggest mistake—I’m not going to blame anybody. I wouldn’t do that. He’s [Mourinho] a very successful coach...but Julius Caesar was also very good, but I don’t think he would be very good with the armies now.”
Barnett is certainly suggesting that Mourinho’s managerial skills are a bit outdated as Spurs are searching for a new manager ahead of next season. It’s unclear what this means for Bale as his loan deal is set to expire after the conclusion of the Premier League season.
Bale is signed with Real Madrid through 2022 and there’s still no indication whether Real will loan him back out or finally push through a full transfer. This saga certainly isn’t concluded and we should have more of a clear picture when the transfer window opens this summer.