Gareth Bale: Tottenham and Real Madrid enter talks over shock return for Wales star

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Will Gareth Bale still be a Real Madrid player when the transfer window closes on Friday?

The Welsh forward was strongly linked with a move to Jiangsu Suning in the summer. Reports claimed the Chinese side were ready to make him the first £1 million-a-week footballer.

However, the move failed to materialise after Real Madrid pulled the plug on the deal.

Bale’s relationship with Madrid’s fans has deteriorated rapidly in recent months.

Holding up a flag which said ‘Wales.Golf.Madrid’ after helping his national team seal qualification for Euro 2020 in November went down extremely badly at the Bernabeu.

The Madrid press described Bale’s actions as “unforgivable”, while respected journalist Manu Sainz added: "Bale knows he will be able to leave Madrid in January if he forces a move, but this is getting out of hand."

The 30-year-old’s performance-levels have also deteriorated over the past couple of seasons.

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In 15 games this term, Bale has scored three goals and registered two assists.

However, none of this has deterred his former club Tottenham from making a shock move to bring Bale back to north London.

This is according to the Daily Mail, who report that Spurs and Madrid will enter talks on Wednesday over a sensational return for the Wales international.

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With just two days remaining before the window closes, it seems highly unlikely that such a complex deal will be completed - but the mere fact that Tottenham are actively trying to bring their former star back to the club is intriguing.

The Mail add that Jose Mourinho wants to bring Bale back to Spurs this week.

But in order for the deal to happen, Real Madrid would have to be prepared to allow Bale to depart for ‘next to nothing’.

The player himself, meanwhile, would need to agree to a substantial wage cut from his current £600,000-a-week deal.

It’s understood that Bale isn’t prepared to take a wage decrease as things stand, but the opportunity to make an emotional return to Tottenham and work under Mourinho may appeal.

Watch this space.

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