Real Madrid’s stance on Tottenham loanee Gareth Bale if they sack Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid will not be able to recall Gareth Bale from his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur this season if they make the decision to sack manager Zinedine Zidane, football.london understands.
According to reports in Spain, the La Liga giants are mulling over the prospect of sacking Zidane following Tuesday evening’s shock 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
The defeat in Ukraine has left Madrid’s hopes of progressing to the last-16 of the Champions League hanging by a thread ahead of next Wednesday evening’s final group game at home to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, who currently top Group B.
Spanish media outlet El Mundo reports that Florentino Perez – Madrid’s club president – is weighing up the prospect of showing Zidane the exit door, with the defeat to Shakhtar marking a third defeat in their last five matches in all competitions.
Should Zidane leave the Bernabeu for a second time as manager, it could open the door for Spurs loanee Bale to get his career in the Spanish capital back on track, with the Wales international having fallen out with the Frenchman prior to returning to Spurs.
In a bid to gain more regular first-team football, Bale, of course, returned to north London in September, seven years after swapping the Premier League for the 13-time European Cup winners, linking-up with Jose Mourinho’s side on a season-long loan.
As when any new manager enters a club, they want to put their own stamp of authority on proceedings and potentially hand opportunities to players that did not feature in the previous manager’s plans.
It is claimed by reports in Spain that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid striker Raul are under consideration to replace Zidane if the Frenchman is axed.
Should Pochettino – or indeed anyone who succeeds Zidane – want to hand a second chance to Bale in the Spanish capital, they would not be able to do so until next season, with Madrid having inserted no recall clause in the deal that saw Bale return to Spurs.
As well as that, Tottenham also have the opportunity to extend the Wales international’s loan deal by a further season next summer if he impresses during this campaign.
That, at this moment in time, however, appears up in the air, with the former Southampton ace having struggled to hit the ground running upon his return to England.
Since making his second Tottenham debut back in October, the Welshman has struggled for both form and consistency, making just seven appearances, netting just one goal.
Of those seven appearances, Bale has made just one start in the Premier League, with more than half of his outings for the club coming in the Europa League.