Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has got his money on the out of favour Real Madrid star Gareth Bale returning to the Premier League.
With Zinedine Zidane back in the dugout, Bale appears increasingly likely to end his six-year stay at Real in the summer.
Los Blancos’ record signing has suffered the brunt of fans’ frustrations over the course of their dreadful campaign after being regularly jeered while on the pitch.
In fact, Spanish newspaper AS conducted a poll in which almost five million supporters took part in. And it claims that 91% of the fans want Bale gone in the summer.
Meanwhile, Zidane denied Bale a possible farewell appearance by leaving him as an unused substitute in Real’s disastrous final day defeat to Real Betis
The Frenchman later handed him a brutal blow by saying: “If I had a fourth substitute today [last Sunday] I would not have brought him on.”
Therefore, Bale’s former Spurs team-mate Mido encouraged the Welsh winger to leave the disrespectful Real in favour of a return to his old club.
And now Villas-Boas, who coached Bale in his last season as a Spurs player, spoke on his old star player’s dilemma.
“I have no idea what he wants to do,” the Portuguese coach told SportsMax.
“He was extremely successful at Real Madrid. He left Tottenham to chase trophies and achieved that immediately, scoring in Champions League finals.
“Of course, at the moment, there’s a lot of bad noise surrounding him. A lot of criticism, [there is] probably not a lot of confidence from the coach right now.
“It looks more likely that he’s going to leave and you would expect him to go to England now.”
Bale has managed 102 goals and 64 assists in 231 appearances for Real in all competitions.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old has won 13 trophies in his time in Spain with four of them being Champions League crowns.
But injuries have been a frequent problem for Bale in the past few seasons, with even Villas-Boas admitting he had to tread carefully with him at Spurs.
“He always suffered a lot of muscular and back pain, so we gave him a lot of work with the physio to have him 100 per cent for the matches and he always performed for us,” said the ex-Spurs and Chelsea boss.
“So, with him, it’s reaching that balance, but at a club like Real Madrid you are always under pressure and expectation.
“Real Madrid have access to the best players in the world in every single transfer window so, yes, at the moment, I think Gareth is under pressure and the most likely move for him will be the Premier League but he’s a player that can play anywhere in the world.”
Bale remains contracted at the Santiago Bernabeu until June 2023.