Gareth Bale must ‘wish he was back at Tottenham’ claims former team-mate Andros Townsend after Welsh star was vilified in Spanish media for playing golf instead of travelling with Real Madrid
- Gareth Bale has been frozen out at Real Madrid by manager Zinedine Zidane
- Bale wishes he was playing for Tottenham, says ex-team-mate Andros Townsend
- The Welsh winger was criticised by Madrid supporters for playing golf last week
- The 31-year-old refused to travel to Madrid’s Champions League loss at Man City
Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale wishes he was at former club Tottenham Hotspur, says ex-team-mate Andros Townsend.
The Wales international has been frozen out by Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and recently angered the Los Blancos supporters by playing golf just days after refusing to travel with the La Liga giants ahead of the Champions League loss to Manchester City.
And Townsend, who played alongside Bale at White Hart Lane before the winger swapped England for Spain in 2013, believes the 31-year-old’s memories in north London could be playing on his mind right now.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale wishes he was back at Tottenham, according to Andros Townsend
The Welsh winger was a fan favourite at White Hart Lane, scoring 55 goals in 203 matches
Townsend told talkSPORT: ‘I think if anything the Bale situation, he’d want to go back to Spurs. The memories of Spurs. His happiness.
‘He was the main man. He was loved. He was at the top of his game. So, if anything I think it would work the other way.
‘He would be like: “I wish I was at Spurs now and had the freedom to do whatever I want. To express myself and not worry about where I am now where I get scrutinised for playing golf.”‘
But Bale has been frozen out by coach Zinedine Zidane and has not played since June
Former Spurs team-mate Townsend (middle) thinks Bale’s memories of Spurs are on his mind
Bale moved over to the Santiago Bernabeu for a then record £85million transfer in the summer of 2013 and has helped the La Liga giants win two league titles and four Champions League trophies.
The winger scored in both the 2014 and 2019 Champions League finals against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool respectively, the latter being a sensational bicycle kick to put Real Madrid in front.
Before moving to Madrid, Bale scored 55 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs, with nearly the majority of them coming in his final season at the club, which earned him the mega-money move to Spain.
Bale (right) left White Hart Lane for Madrid in a then-world record £85million transfer in 2013
But Bale has enjoyed a tough relationship with current boss Zidane and has not featured for the Spanish side since the end of June.
Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon claimed that Madrid could send him out on loan and cover some of Bale’s wage – which comes to £350,000-a-week.
Calderon also raised even more speculation about a move to Spurs by confirming that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is a fond admirer of Bale.
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