Tottenham supporters would “take Gareth Bale back with arms wide open”, says Oscar Jansson, but the Wales international is not expected to walk away from a contract at Real Madrid that is due to run until 2022.
Transfer speculation continues to rage around a 30-year-old superstar who finds himself frozen out at Santiago Bernabeu once again.
Past windows have seen moves to America, China and England mooted, with the general consensus being that Bale needs a change of scenery in order to rekindle the spark that his game has lost.
Plenty of sides in the Premier League would be willing to welcome a proven performer onto their books, but prising one of world football’s top earners from a lucrative deal in Spain will not be easy.
Jansson, who worked alongside Bale during a five-year stint at Spurs between 2007 and 2012, admits as much, with the Swede not convinced that talk of possible return to north London will come to anything for a player that he always expected to reach the very top of the game.
“Bale was an easier one than seeing Harry [Kane] being a big star,” Jansson told Tribal Football.
“He always had that aura around him that he was an unbelievable talent – just a star – and it was just a question of when he was going to explode.
“Gareth trained extra and always believed in himself, and once he got his chance at left-back because of an injury you couldn’t keep him out of the team.
“I know that he was close to leaving Spurs before that even happened, that’s just the daily life of being a footballer – you need to get the chance, and when you get it you need to take it. He was always good.
“I think Tottenham fans would take Bale back with arms wide open. It’s just about what he wants to do. I don’t think he’ll leave Real Madrid before his contract is up.”