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Ryan Mason reaction to Gareth Bale’s announcement of his departure from Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale has confirmed he is leaving Real Madrid in the wake of their Champions League final win over Liverpool, writes the TBR.

    Bale has had a hugely successful time in Spain in terms of trophies, making stunning contributions to many of their successes.

    That said, he has never seemed truly loved in Madrid and the end of his time at the Bernabeu has been long and drawn out.

    Ahead of Wales’ World Cup play-off this weekend, Bale has said he will depart, and of course that will catch the eye of many with a Tottenham persuasion.

    Spurs legend Robbie Keane responded with a host of applause emojis, paying tribute to the spell Bale has had out in Spain.

    Tottenham coach Ryan Mason also joined in the responses.

    Mason was of course Bale’s temporary manager during his loan spell back at Tottenham last season, and played two matches alongside the Welshman in a Spurs shirt, as per Transfermarkt.

    The Spurs coach simply commented ‘top’, which is as succinct a description of Bale’s career as you could wish to read.

    Will Bale come back to Tottenham? Last season really did not go well and Antonio Conte puts huge demands on his players in terms of fitness.

    Perhaps an emotional return to Welsh football could be on the cards, but if Bale reaches the World Cup with Wales, he will need to play at the highest possible level to stay in the best shape.