Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United this past weekend — his first Premier League hat-trick since 2012. Despite an up and down year, the Welshman has managed to score 14 goals this season and has produced shades of his former self. In a new report from the Daily Mail, it was revealed that there is an option to trigger a second year loan spell between Bale, Spurs, and Madrid - if all parties are in agreement.
Daniel Levy will leave the final decision to his new incoming manager. Ryan Mason has been in charge as an interim manager since Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month. Tottenham will announce their new coach ahead of next season. After being linked with Erik Ten Haag, Tottenham’s attention has now moved to Graham Potter of Brighton. Brighton, on expected points, should be as high as 4th place in the Premier League. The team that was touted by many to be a bottom dweller, but has performed admirably well and their underlying statistics make for impressive reading. Tottenham fans have convinced themselves the Graham Potter may be the answer. With the highest npxG per shot in the Premier League, Gareth Bale may be just what Potter’s system needs to convert high quality chances.
Real Madrid would welcome an extension to the loan. If Gareth Bale were to return, it would cause a headache both for Zinedine Zidane and the club, the latter would struggle to carry the burden of Bale’s large wages. The Welshman’s contract expires in 2022, so if the loan were extended, his time at Real Madrid would be officially over.