Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says he would love to see Gareth Bale return to the Premier League but doesn’t believe the Welshman will re-sign for Spurs.
Documents published by Football Leaks this week showed the north London side have a first option to buy clause for the player before June 2019. Under the terms of the deal, if another English club made an offer for Bale, Los Blancos would have to inform Spurs, who would have 72 hours to decide about matching the sum on offer.
Speaking about a possible return to English shores, Merson said Bale probably isn’t in any rush to do so, but he would be welcome back as he is a world class player.
“Bale is world class and it would be great to see him. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League, he’s absolutely world class. Spurs have got a sweat on trying to keep hold of Harry Kane, let alone being able to spend 100-120 million euros to bring back Bale,” he stated.
And he added: “If Bale does decide to leave Real Madrid, then I’m sure England would be the only option for him. However, with the sort of money you’d be talking, only Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are capable of paying for Bale. He was obviously upset by Rafa leaving but it’s up to him. I’m not sure if that’s really enough to make him want to move.”