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Gareth Bale’s agent insists the Wales international has no intention of leaving Real Madrid but Danny Murphy wants to see the winger rediscover his “passion” for the game by returning to Tottenham. Bale has won multiple titles since his big-money move to the Bernabeu, including scoring arguably the greatest ever Champions League final goal in the 2018 showdown against Liverpool.
Yet despite his achievements on the pitch, Bale has struggled to win over the fans in Madrid.
He has regularly been booed by the home supporters while there has been clear tension with Real manager Zinedine Zidane.
His apparent clash with Real fans and management has led to a longstanding speculation regarding his future whenever a summer transfer window comes around.
Last year, he looked to be on the verge of moving to the Chinese Super League to become the best-paid footballer in the world only for the deal to be surprisingly blocked by Real.
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In the years before, he had been linked with a move to Manchester United during Jose Mourinho’s reign.
The Portuguese coach came out publicly and stated his desire to sign Bale but the then-United boss was unable to get a deal over the line.
Part of the problem for interested clubs has been Bale’s high wages and the 31-year-old has shown no interest in forcing an exit from his contract at Real.
He has two years left on his contract, though there is yet again speculation about his future.
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And Murphy wants to see Bale make a return to Tottenham to get back to “enjoying football”.
“To make a top footballer these days, the love and passion for it must be from within you from a young age to want to be a footballer,” he told talkSPORT.
“Now Gareth might be an exception to that… but maybe he’s lost that passion for it.
“Maybe the lifestyle, the family contentment; he loves his golf, the climate and the finances are good.
“So maybe he’s not like everybody else… but playing football is something you can’t do forever.
“He’s damn good at it. People like watching him play. He’s a wonderful footballer and he’s done so much in the game but he’s still only 31.
“I’d be saying to him, ‘go play mate. Just enjoy it. Go somewhere you enjoy it’.
“We can talk to Madrid and they might have to pay you half to get you gone but they’ll do that anyway because they’re saving half. There has to be a way out.
“I think the one place for Gareth is Tottenham. He’s loved there already and he’s got the fans on board.
“Could he find a way of going back there? That for me would be great for Tottenham.
“Even if it’s for two or three years, go back to where you made yourself, enjoy yourself and help Tottenham get back to being competitive.”
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