Gareth Bale’s has impressive goal record for Tottenham this season as it is claimed Premier League club have first refusal on another loan with Real Madrid contract to expire soon

Gareth Bale could yet be a Tottenham player next season.

Having initially struggled to recapture the form fans remember him for after his hero’s return to north London last summer, he is seemingly back to his best.

Bale has almost scored in every other game he has played for Tottenham this season

Since Jose Mourinho’s sacking as manager, Bale has scored four goals in two Premier League starts under interim head coach Ryan Mason, which included a hat-trick in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United.

And despite his limited playing time this season, Bale has netted 14 goals in 30 games in all competitions.

It is Bale’s second stint at Spurs since leaving for Real Madrid in 2013, but it is thought this season-long loan could be extended.

So will the 31-year-old be a Tottenham player next season?

Bale’s £600,000-a-week contract at Real Madrid – which Spurs are paying roughly half of – expires in a year and it would be very surprising to see him playing under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu next season.

According to the Daily Mail, Spurs have first refusal on agreeing another loan switch this summer.

When asked about Bale’s future after the thrashing of Sheffield United, Mason replied: “I think that is a conversation at the end of the season between Gareth, the club and his parent club.

Bale’s form has picked up since Mason replaced Mourinho on a temporary basis

“Our main focus and priority should be the next game.

“It sounds a cliche but it is true. I am glad he is happy, he should be because he has another match ball to add to the collection. It was an excellent performance as well.

“I think the decision at the moment and the priority is Gareth is ready to train and he is happy in training.

“We have got another big week of training because we have got a massive game next weekend and hopefully we can have a happy Gareth next weekend.”

Bale, though, has previously said he will return to the Bernabeu when his loan deal ends having joined the club to be match fit ready to lead Wales at Euro 2020.

But a lot has changed since those comments in March, with Tottenham still to appoint a permanent successor to Mourinho.

And any decision would need Bale to also agree to stay as well as the green light from the new boss.

His 14 goals puts him third in the club’s top scoring players for the season.

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