Gareth Bale has been tipped to make Real Madrid honour the final year of his enormous contract next season, even if he leaves the club during the summer transfer window.

Bale is thought to earn as much as £600,000 (€700,000) per week from the long-term deal he signed in 2016, which means that the final year could be worth around £31m (€36m).

As things stand, Real are topping up his contract by paying half his salary while he is on loan at former club Tottenham. But with no clubs willing to offer that much, Bale will find it impossible to earn a similar amount anywhere else.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 31-year-old will refuse a pay cut. That would mean Real still heavily subsiding Bale’s wages should he spend another season out on loan – potentially a second term at Spurs – or would need to offer a sizeable pay-off to get him to leave on a permanent deal. Continue reading

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