There are talks of Bale’s possible premature retirement at the conclusion of Euro 2020, though Joe Rodon, among others, is convinced it’s too soon for Bale to hang up his boots.
Bale has a pivotal decision to make. And he might now be more amenable to return to Madrid for the last season of his contract. Bale enjoyed sweeping success under Ancelotti between 2013-2015. He scored 32 goals and added 31 helpers in 92 appearances under the Italian’s stewardship. Bale also won one of his four Champions League crowns with Ancelotti pulling the strings.
Ancelotti favoured Bale during his time at the Bernabéu, though a lot has happened in the six years since. Ancelotti might have plans to reinstate Bale into first team proceedings more often. That could deter Bale from returning to Tottenham for one last kick of the can in north London.
There’s still a lot up in the air where Bale is concerned, but Ancelotti’s appointment throws a definite spanner in the works. The likelihood of Bale returning to Spurs would have increased dramatically had Zidane stayed at Madrid. Now Tottenham, if they want to coax Bale back to north London, could have a more challenging time getting the deal done.
There’s also the gargantuan issue of Bale’s £600,000 weekly salary. That behemoth burden is precisely why Madrid’s top brass will still heavily favour the option of allowing Spurs to extend Bale’s loan. That way the Galacticos will only be forced to shoulder between 55 and 60 percent of his exorbitant wages.
Like so many other unresolved matters at Tottenham, the Bale situation is fluid and ever-evolving. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Good thing Euro 2020 commences today. At least it will, albeit temporarily and sporadically, divert my attention.
Otherwise the stress of it all would be as heavy a burden as Bale’s weekly salary at Madrid if he returns permanently to the Spanish capital.