Rafael van der Vaart has urged Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid and join up with his former club Tottenham Hotspur once again.
Both men have represented the Spanish giants and Spurs and if the Dutchman gets his way, the Wales international will once again play his football at White Hart Lane.
Bale left Tottenham to head to Madrid back in 2013, but almost ever since he left for the Santiago Bernabeu there has been speculation linking him with a return to London.
That has not materialised as yet, but rumours of a Spurs reunion still has not gone away, and with the Welshman no longer a permanent fixture in the first team out in Spain, it may not be the surprise it once was should the 29-year-old sign for Mauricio Pochettino’s men once again.
Bale has become a global superstar since he left the Lane, featuring 221 times for Real Madrid in all competitions, notching 101 goals, including that amazing strike in the Champions League final last term, and adding another 63 assists on top of that.
He has fallen out of favour under Santiago Solari at the minute though, and van der Vaart believes the Wales international should consider a return to Tottenham.
“Perhaps he should leave but I think he wants to stay at Real Madrid and play more. But I believe that a team like Manchester United or a return to Tottenham would be better for him because people in England are different to those in Spain.” Cadena Ser quote him as saying.
Bale is currently under contract in Madrid until the summer of 2022, so while his wages would be a stumbling block anyway, an initial issue potentially blocking any chance of him returning to his former club could be the size of transfer fee that Tottenham would be required to pay, but the longer the Welshman is not a regular starter in Spain, the better Spurs’ chances of luring him back could be.