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Tottenham Have "First Refusal" on Second Gareth Bale Loan Deal From Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is due to return to Real Madrid next month when loan deal expires
Gareth Bale is due to return to Real Madrid next month when loan deal expires / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tottenham reportedly have "first refusal" on whether to sign Gareth Bale for a second loan next season once his current loan deal expires and he heads back to Real Madrid.

Spurs are reportedly already paying around £240,000 a week towards his wages, and according to the Daily Mail, the north London side would be open to bringing him on for another season due to the potential costs of bringing in a like-for-like replacement.

When asked about Bale’s future after the 4-0 thrashing of Sheffield United, interim manager Ryan Mason said: "I think that is a conversation at the end of the season between Gareth, the club and his parent club. Our main focus and priority should be the next game."

Mason added, “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 has one year to run on his Madrid contract and has previously admitted he will return to the Santiago Bernabeu once his deal ends. The Welshman has scored 14 goals and provided three assists in all competitions, making him the team's third top scorer this season.