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Bale ‘wishes’ to return to Tottenham, says Townsend

Gareth Bale, Real Madrid, Tottenham
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Gareth Bale ‘wishes he was at Tottenham’ to end all the Real Madrid scrutiny, says former teammate Andros Townsend.

Bale’s trophy-laden career in the Spanish capital appears to be nearing its end, with his relationship with Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid faithful strained.

The Wales international has won an impressive 13 trophies since his world-record €101m arrival in 2013, including four Champions League titles and two LaLiga crowns.

Asking Zidane to not include him in Real Madrid’s trip to Manchester City in the Champions League last week, however, was another sign he should leave. The winger allegedly felt only a spot on the bench would be available. Therefore, he chose not to get involved.

Being caught on camera playing golf again just hours before the match, though, didn’t help Bale’s case.

A Premier League return, meanwhile, has been frequently mooted for the 31-year-old this summer. Manchester United and old club Tottenham are favorites.

But as far as Townsend is concerned, Bale wants to be a Spurs player once again.

“I think if anything the Bale situation, he’d want to go back to Spurs,” the now-Crystal Palace winger, who played alongside Gareth in London between 2009 and 2013, told talkSPORT.

“The memories of Spurs. His happiness.

“He was the main man. He was loved. He was at the top of his game. So, if anything I think it would work the other way.

“He would be like ‘I wish I was at Spurs now and had the freedom to do whatever I want. To express myself and not worry about where I am now where I get scrutinized for playing Golf.'”