Ryan Mason addresses rumours about Tottenham star Gareth Bale

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Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason has provided an update on the future of Gareth Bale following speculation he could stay for another season. Bale’s season-long loan deal with Spurs is set to expire next month, with the Welshman currently due to return to parent club Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old fell out of favour in the latter stages of Jose Mourinho’s reign in north London, but has been boosted by Mason taking over until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Bale has scored four goals in his last two Premier League matches, after netting a hat-trick in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

He has now scored 14 goals in 30 appearances for Tottenham this season and is their third-highest scorer after Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

According to the Daily Mail, his form has prompted Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to make a decision on his future.

The report states that there is now a ‘growing feeling’ at the club that a second season-long loan deal would make sense for both parties, but Levy will leave it up to the next manager to decide whether they want to keep Bale for the 2021/22 campaign.

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Mason addressed the rumours ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League game against Leeds United at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon.

“I think those questions and answers are not for me to say,” he said.

“I think Gareth and his parent club, they will have conversations once the season is over. I think it wouldn’t be right of us to start thinking about the off season and next season now.

“As a football club we have to focus on our next four matches and tomorrow is a massive match.

“This game is so important and that will be the case until the end of the season and when the season is done I’m sure these conversations will happen but for now our focus is on the matches.”

Spurs are currently sixth in the Premier League, five points adrift of the top four, with four matches remaining.


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The club still have an outside chance of securing Champions League qualification and Mason believes Bale can help Spurs finish the season strongly.

“He’s a top professional with immense quality,” Mason said.

“The last two weeks of training have been excellent. Obviously he’s produced on the football pitch as well – that’s four goals in two Premier League matches.

“He’s happy, I’m happy. That’s important as players, we have to be happy to perform to our best. At the moment you’re seeing Gareth close to his best.”

According to reports, if Bale agrees Spurs can secure another loan on the same terms, meaning they can pay around £240,000 of his weekly wages to keep the Real attacker, who still has another year to run on his contract with the Spanish giants.

That eventuality would cost Tottenham around £12million over the course of another season, but saves them trying to buy a replacement in what could well be a difficult summer transfer window.

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