Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will trust the club’s new manager to make a decision as to whether Gareth Bale’s loan stay will be extended this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Bale took his Premier League goal tally up to nine for the season with a hat-trick against Sheffield United on Sunday – he now has a better minutes per goal ratio (0.81) than any other player in the division this term.
Despite being in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, the Welshman has proved his importance in the team’s last two outings. As well as his hat-trick at the weekend, he also scored a crucial equaliser against Southampton last month.
And now, Spurs must decide whether to extend Bale’s loan by another season.
The Mail says the Londoners have first refusal, but Levy’s stance is apparently a strange one. Instead of taking control of the situation himself, it is believed he will allow whoever is appointed manager this summer to make the final decision.
If Bale’s current form continues, any head coach would be foolish not to at least try and bring the 31-year-old back for another season – even with his fitness issues.