Richard Keys comments on possibility of Bale returning to Spurs

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The pundit does not believe it to be unthinkable for the Welsh winger to rejoin Tottenham Hotspur.

BeIn Sports presenter Richard Keys has taken to social media to suggest there is no reason Tottenham Hotspur would not be able to tempt Gareth Bale to return to White Hart Lane.

It is thought the pundit was addressing naysayers with his Tweet regarding the former Spurs player and asked the open-minded question to generate debate, posting online: “Why couldn’t Spurs tempt Bale back?”

Bale transformed from a luckless left-back to one of the world’s top performers during a wonderful six-year tenure in north London following his move from Southampton in 2007.

Utilised in a more attacking role under former manager Harry Redknapp, Bale shot to stardom during the 2010-11 campaign, most notably for his sensational Champions League hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter Milan.

Two years later, Bale was an established Premier League star and was awarded both the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards for his contributions, including a 21-goal haul in his final campaign in England.

Bale went on to lift the Champions League trophy in his first season at Real Madrid following a world-record £86 million move to the Spanish capital in 2013 and has settled well on the continent.

However, with Spurs running leaders Leicester City close to the Premier League title this term, rumours have begun linking the Welshman with a return to his former club.

According to a report by ESPN in January, manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed Bale would be welcomed back at Tottenham, however serious negotiations have not officially been confirmed.

Spurs hold a slight advantage over prospective rivals due to the clause inserted into Bale's Real contract. According to a report in The Mail: "If Tottenham match a Premier League club's bid for Gareth Bale then Real Madrid are contractually obliged to accept their offer."

However, the clause also states the club must confirm the deal within 72 hours for it to be ratified. 

The online posting from Keys suggests he believes there is no reason to think the north Londoners would not be able to convince the 26-year-old to return in the future.

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