The loaned Spurs winger delivered his best Premier League performance since 2012 in a win over Sheffield United
Tottenham caretaker manager Ryan Mason declined to speculate the club would keep Gareth Bale beyond 2020-2021, telling reporters the topic “is up for discussion after the season is over.”
His comments came after Bale beat Sheffield United on Sunday three times in a 4-0 win for Spurs – the first time the winger has managed a Premier League hat-trick since 2012.
Bale has alternated between being at the heart of Tottenham’s attack and a fringe player while on loan from Real Madrid this year, but Mason claimed the Wales player “didn’t and will not lose that. [world class] capacity in the last third “.
What was said?
“I’ve always said that Gareth Bale didn’t and won’t lose that ability in the final third to produce moments of excellence,” Mason told Sky Sports. “He’s a world-class player – he’s proven that for many years. The nicest thing about him tonight was his attitude, his race for the team. You feel confident that he will take the lead. risk.
“I think that [whether Bale could stay] is a discussion once the season is over. Our priority is the next game. “
Mason added to BBC Sport: “When you get a hat-trick and in the crucial moments you’ll be in the headlines. He’s world class, we know that. Anyone who has watched football in the past 10 years knows what he can do . Its finish was exceptional. “
Bale, meanwhile, praised Spurs’ response to the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City last weekend.
“We had to bounce back [from the Carabao Cup defeat] in a positive way and we did it tonight, ”he told BBC.
“[Not having a Premier League hat-trick since 2012] looks worse than it is because i have been away for a while.
“It’s always nice to get a hat-trick but we take every game as it comes and a positive response from the weekend is all we can do. It’s good to score three goals but the team is coming in. first. We need all the points we can. come now so that we can keep fighting until the end. “
Always looking for the fourth
Tottenham are not quite out of the race for Champions League qualification, climbing back to fifth place on Sunday, where they sit five points behind Chelsea and seven behind Leicester City.
With only four games left in their season, but they can play Leicester on May 23 as they attempt to pull off an unlikely turnaround under Mason.