Redknapp: Bale would have to take a pay cut for Premier League return

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on October 6, 2018 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale will have to likely take a pay cut in order to seal a return to the Premier League, warns his former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

In what is now his sixth campaign at Real Madrid, Bale has once more struggled to deliver what is expected of him amid further problems for form and fitness this season.

The Wales international had been expected to step up and help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer in a €112m deal.

Instead, Los Blancos’ record signing has struggled to break into manager Santiago Solari’s line-up on a regular basis due to the emergence of 18-year-old Vinicius Junior.

This has promoted fresh talk over Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu with even former Real president Ramon Calderon announcing last week that he expects the 29-year-old to leave this summer.

Amid growing tension with the Real supporters, Redknapp also agrees that Bale would be better off calling time on his career at the Spanish capital.

But the 72-year-old warned his former star player, who reportedly earns an annual salary of €21m, that he will have to accept lower wages if he is to return to the Premier League.

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“It’s not nice when you get grief from the fans,” Redknapp told the Daily Mirror.

“Nobody likes to get grief like that and I’m sure it’s no different for Gareth.

“He is a fantastic player, who can play anywhere, and it would be no surprise if the top clubs like Man United and Spurs were interested in signing him.

“But on the wages, he is said to be on, he would probably have to take a pay cut.

“Take, for example, if he was to go back to Spurs. It could create a problem because someone like a Harry Kane is there and is the top man. He’d perhaps want the same type of wages if it was being offered.

“So that’s a decision Gareth might feel he wants to make if he does want to come back. Let’s face it, he’s made a lot of money playing football and could no doubt afford to.”

Bale has managed 13 goals and five assists in 34 appearances across all competitions for Real this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Harry Redknapp, manager of Tottenham Hotspur congratulates Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Tottenham Hotspur and SV Werder Bremen at White Hart Lane on November 24, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)