Guillem Balague replies when asked if Man United or Tottenham are signing Gareth Bale

Guillem Balague is tipping Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid in the summer transfer window

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Guillem Balague says Real Madrid are likely to sell Gareth Bale this summer but has played down the chances of a return to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wales international has struggled with fitness and injury issues in recent seasons and there has been plenty of speculation linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu in recent weeks.

Tottenham are believed to have first refusal on Bale’s services should he leave the Spanish club after they sold him to Real Madrid back in the summer of 2013.

Manchester United have also been heavily linked with a possible move to sign Bale this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his attacking line-up at Old Trafford ahead of next season.

Now, Spanish football expert Balague has confirmed that he expects Bale to be shipped out by Real Madrid this summer, but he doesn’t believe that Tottenham are a likely destination.

“I am convinced Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale,” Balague told Sky Sports. “That is not Bale’s preferred choice, he would like to stay.

“Obviously somebody will have to buy Bale but I don’t think it will be Spurs; it doesn’t make sense for him to go back and it would cost Spurs too much to bring him back.

“Of course Spurs would like to have Bale back but their targets are different. Other teams are better prepared and have a greater desire and financial possibilities.

“You only have to compare their expenditure to the highest in the Premier League to see they don’t have the kind of money it would take to sign Bale.”

Bale has scored nine goals and made one assist in 19 La Liga games for Real Madrid so far this season, but he has been limited to 14 starts in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are currently preparing for their crunch Premier League showdown away to Manchester City next weekend.

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