Dimitar Berbatov says he does not want to see Gareth Bale return to Real Madrid because he is being “loved, respected and valued” at Spurs.
Bale headed back to Spurs for a year-long loan deal last summer, but his future is currently undecided with the Spanish club believed to be willing to let him leave.
Whether Spurs would be willing to meet the fee to sign the Welsh star is another matter, given a year in which finances have been hard hit and other areas of the squad also need investment.
Recent reports from Spain have stated that Bale is considering entering negotiations with Real Madrid to terminate the last year of his contract and could even retire from football after this summer’s Euros, but his agent Jonathan Barnett has described that as “rubbish”.
Berbatov says that Bale made a “decent” return during his time at Spurs, but needs to play more and he will not get that if he returns to Madrid with Zinedine Zidane still as coach.
The Bulgarian striker says that Bale’s agent will be working hard behind the scenes to secure his client’s future, but the attacker has to focus on the upcoming European Championships.
“Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player, but he played 34 games and scored 16 goals this season which is pretty decent,” Berbatov told Betfair. “If he got more playing time he might have scored more.
“His goals against Leicester were excellent and I hope there is a solution for which he is satisfied. Why not stay at Spurs if he is happy there! I would like to see him stay.
“He wants to be loved, respected and valued at Spurs and that seems to be the case now. I don’t want to see him go back to Real Madrid and sit on the bench.
“The other thing is if he goes back to Real Madrid and plays if Zidane is not there next year. Now Madrid have seen what he can do, maybe they will do a u-turn and decide to play him.
“You have to say that Bale did well this term, maybe Real may feel that they can use him next season and he is a useful squad player. However, I’m doubtful that those differences will be fixed.
“There is also the Euros coming up and he can play a pivotal role for Wales. During the Euros, his agent will be working behind the scenes while he’s concentrating on the tournament and then they will take it from there.”
Source by Football London