Real Madrid facing a huge Gareth Bale problem if Spurs don’t keep him because Brexit means he’ll return to Spain as a non-EU player… and with La Liga teams only allowed three in their squad, there will be no room for the £346k-a-week misfit
Real Madrid could be left with a huge administrative headache if Tottenham decide against making Gareth Bale’s loan move a permanent one.
The 31-year-old received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Spurs last summer but his second stint at the club has been disappointing to say the least.
With just one goal in six Premier League appearances, Bale has struggled to impress and now faces returning to the Bernabeu to see out the final year of his mega-money deal with Real.
Real Madrid will be hoping that Gareth Bale is offered a permanent Spurs deal after his loan
The Spanish giants were desperately hoping that Bale’s return to Spurs would be a huge success and would lead to his loan move being made permanent but that now looks highly unlikely.
This could be a big problem for Real due to the fact that the Welshman would return as a non-EU player as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.
According to Marca, Bale would have to be registered as a non-EU player because of Brexit which would see him compete with Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Takefusa Kubo, Rodrygo Goes and Reinier Jesus for one of the three non-EU spots in Real’s 25-man squad.
Bale has made it clear in recent years that he has no desire of terminating his contract early and would be happy to collect his mammoth wages from the sidelines until it expires in the summer of 2022.
If Spurs decide against signing him permanently, Bale would return to Spain as a non-EU player following Brexit… Real are only allowed to have three in their squad
It is thought the Welshman is paid a staggering £346,000 a week, or £18million a year, after tax.
It remains to be seen where the winger goes from here, with both clubs desperate that he can turn his form around for the second half of the season and hope it changes where he is next season.
Bale could kickstart a good run of form should he get the chance to do so against Chelsea on Thursday.
But if this season is anything to go by, he will be left to watch the game from the stands – a sight Real will be all too familiar with.