Gareth Bale’s agent has rubbished claims Tottenham are trying to re-sign the Real Madrid star this summer.
The Welsh winger is out of favour under Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane and the Spanish giants are reportedly desperate to offload their £600,000-a-week star.
Spurs sold Bale to Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record fee of £89.2million and he has gone on to win four European Cups with Los Blancos.
According to Marca, Tottenham are now considering a stunning move for their former star, with the Spanish publication reporting that Spurs are willing to pay between £45million and £54million.
But Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has dismissed the story as fabricated nonsense, telling talkSPORT: “I don’t comment on rubbish.”
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The 30-year-old’s wages are understood to be the main stumbling block for any potential move.
Marca reports that Spurs can only afford half of Bale’s current salary, but Madrid could pay the rest if they liquidate his current contract, which still has three years to run.
Barnett has previously insisted it will take ‘something exceptional’ to lure his client away from Madrid this summer.
He said to Sky Sports News last month: “I don’t think he wants to go out on loan. He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.”
The arrival of Eden Hazard at the Bernabeu adds uncertainty to Bale’s future after Zidane claimed last season that the Welshman no longer features in his plans.
“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best. No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present,” Zidane said after Bale was left on the bench for the final La Liga game of the 2018/19 campaign.
“I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”