Gareth Bale’s future with Tottenham Hotspur beyond 2020-21 is still dubious as interim manager Ryan Mason is ambiguous about Bale.
Gareth Bale returned to Spurs in September of last year after seven years of leaving it. He transferred on a season-long loan move from Real Madrid.
While alternating between being a core part of Tottenham’s attack and a fringe player, Bale didn’t see much success until recently.
Yesterday, though, on Sunday, Bale netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for Spurs. He put three past Sheffield United, and the fourth goal came from Son Heung Min.
This was the first time since 2012 that the winger has secured a hat-trick in the Premier League.
Ryan Mason claimed Bale “hasn’t and won’t lose that [world class] ability in the final third”.
“I said all along Gareth Bale hasn’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 proved that over many years. The most pleasing thing about him tonight was his attitude, his running for the team. You feel confident he’ll take the chances.”
But he refused to speculate on the Wales player’s future with Spurs.
Mason is ambiguous about Bale: “I think that [whether Bale could stay] is a discussion once the season is done. Our priority is the next game.”
Mason also said, this time to BBC Sport: “When you score a hat-trick and in crucial moments you’ll get the headlines. He’s world-class, we know that. Everyone who has watched football over the past 10 years knows what he can do. His finishing was outstanding.”
Bale, meanwhile, also refused to comment on his future.
Instead, he praised Spurs’ response to a 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 that tonight,” he said to BBC.
He also discussed his triple-goal record after 2012.
“[Not having a Premier League hat-trick since 2012] seems worse than it is because I’ve been away for a while,” Bale said. “It’s always nice to get a hat-trick but we take each game as it comes and a positive response from the weekend is all we can do.”
He thus remained humble about the hat-trick and chose rather to emphasis Spurs’ victory which they reached as a team.
“It’s nice to get three goals but the team comes first,” he said. “We need all the points we can get now so we’ll keep fighting to the end.”