Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has earlier this week been linked with a sensational move back to Tottenham Hotspur, the club he left in 2013 in a deal thought to be worth €100m (£85.3m) from Real Madrid in 2013.

The Daily Mail claimed that the reigning Spanish champions are growing tired with the Welsh international’s injury having been on the sideline for a lengthy period, and are thus willing to ship him out of the club next summer.

The former Tottenham’s winger is currently out of action due to the same recurring calf injury, the eighth time such an injury has ruled him out during his time with Real Madrid.

This news comes after Bale’s current ailment kept him from facing former team Tottenham at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, as well as stopping the winger from playing in Wales’ crucial qualifier against Ireland, which they went on to lose.

While the move back to the White Hart Lane would be the most sentimental should Bale be deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane, Tottenham will face strong competition from fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea.

Gareth Bale

Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been severally linked with the Welshman over a number of transfer windows, but the two sides advances have been rejected up to now.

Should Bale become disposable in the eyes of Madrid, the La Liga giants will almost certainly reignite their interest, but Tottenham fans will be hoping the possibility of an emotional return to Wembley will be enough to see off their competitors.

Regardless of any trolling that occurred in response of Bale’s tweet after the match between the two on Tuesday night, there is no doubt that the Spurs fans would love to have their star player back in the white of Spurs, should they have the opportunity.

Now in his fifth season at Santiago Bernabeu, the Welshman has found it had to nail a place in the starting line up, with players in Marco Asensio and Isco most preferred choice for the La Liga giants.

The emerging talent of these duo, combined with the aforementioned injury concerns, mean a move away in the summer could certainly materialize.