Gareth Bale is set for a swift reunion with Tottenham this summer.
Reports in Spain state that there was a clause in his initial Real Madrid contract, with Spurs requesting a pre-season friendly with the Spanish giants.
It was inserted in his original contract with Los Blancos, signed back in 2013, and it would see the Welshman back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after he spent last season there on loan.
Spurs have been linked with another move for the attacker this summer but for now it appears he will return to his parent club in the middle of July.
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Marca state, however, that it “does not seem likely it is to stay”, with everything indicating that the “exit door is still open” for him.
“With or without him,” Marca report, “the game will have to be played”.
Bale’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few months, with the 31-year-old revealing before the Euros that his decision would likely cause “chaos” if he divulged his plans.
Retirement talk also swirled and despite walking out of an interview with the BBC when asked about his future following defeat to Denmark in the Euros last month, Bale later confirmed that he wanted to play on in the red shirt of Wales.
“I want to continue to play,” he told S4C.
“People ask stupid questions all the time. I love playing for Wales. I will play for Wales until the day I stop playing football.
“We’ve just started the World Cup campaign. We were just saying in there now, we need to take this experience into the World Cup campaign,” he added.
“I feel like we have a very good way of playing when we play well.
“We just need to keep that confidence high, keep playing football and I think we can qualify for the next World Cup.”
Wales’ talisman is expected back at the Bernabeu to link up with new boss Carlo Ancelotti, with the pair having worked together previously in Madrid.
Bookmakers have listed Cardiff City as favourites to land the former Southampton man should he move on this window, but a transfer to the Welsh capital seems fanciful in the extreme.
MLS side LA Galaxy had entered talks over a move, according to reports in Spain, with this saga set to run and run.