Tottenham will not re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer, according to the BBC.
Bale joined Madrid in 2013 for a then-record fee of £85 million following a staggering final season with Spurs in which he scored 26 goals in all competitions.
He has since gone on to win La Liga and four Champions League titles in five years, playing a starring role in last week’s final against Liverpool with a glorious overhead kick.
After the game, Bale hinted he will leave Madrid this summer in a bid to play more first-team football.
The Welshman has long been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United said to be chief among his suitors.
The tabloid press in Spain has repeatedly mooted a potential return to Tottenham, something the majority of Spurs fans would like to see happen.
However, the BBC has dismissed the chances of that happening.
Their report claims Spurs inserted a buy-back clause into Bale’s contract that means they will be offered the opportunity to match any accepted bid from a Premier League club.
But the 28-year-old’s £400,000-a-week salary makes a return to Tottenham unrealistic, regardless of whether they agree a fee with Madrid.
The news is a shame, but not exactly a surprise – Spurs will continue to target more affordable targets.