May 8, 2021

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Spurs boss Mason swings transfer talk after Bale hat-trick


Tottenham’s interim head coach Ryan Mason reiterated that talks between the club and loanee Gareth Bale will not take place before the end of the season following his hat-trick performance.

Bale – on loan from LaLiga giants Real Madrid – improved his scoring record to eight goals in eight Premier League matches with a treble in Sunday’s 4-0 route from relegated Sheffield United.

The Wales star has had an indifferent campaign, having been largely underutilized as he was fit by former boss Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last month.

Bale has previously indicated he will return to Madrid next season, where he has signed until mid-2022, but performances such as Sunday could potentially cause the Spurs to push harder to retain him.

“I think it’s a conversation at the end of the season between Gareth, the club and his mother club. Our main focus and priority should be the next game, ”Mason said.

“It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. I’m glad he’s happy he should be because he has another match ball to add to the collection. It was also an excellent achievement.

“I think the decision at the moment and the priority is, Gareth is ready to train and he is happy to train.

“We’ve got another great week of training because we have a massive game next weekend and hopefully we can have a happy Gareth next weekend.”

Bale scored the seventh hat-trick of his club career, three of which have come to Tottenham (four to Madrid). The Welshman’s other trebles for Spurs came against Aston Villa in December 2012 in the Premier League and in October 2010 against Inter in the Champions League.

He became the sixth Welshman to score 50 Premier League goals, the first since Craig Bellamy reached that total back in December 2006.

All nine of Bale’s Premier League goals this season have come at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the most goals from a player with 100 percent of those coming to a spot in the competition in 2020-21.

Mason, who probably does not want to say anything about the final decision, added that he felt Bale was “excellent” and “world class” against the magazines.