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8 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 23 September 2020 ** Sport Football Real should kiss the floor Bale walks on, says agent PSG confident of sealing Alli loan By Nick Purewal By Jason Burt tively come to a close. “We had other clubs, maybe bigger clubs than Tottenham, interested, but he had to be happy with where he went and I think he is now. “It was agreed his career at Real Madrid was over so it was quite easy once we realised it was serious. It was a build-up of a clash of personalit­ies, a build-up of not being supported, it was many different things. “For somebody who has done as well as he has for Real Madrid, he didn’t get the respect he deserved and that was a problem. What he’s achieved for Real Madrid, they should be kissing the floor that he walks on.” The 31-year-old remains a Real Madrid player, but asked if Bale could stay at Spurs beyond his oneseason loan, Barnett told Talksport: “There are lots of opportunit­ies; it’s up to him. What is most important is for him to enjoy his football and that he’s playing well. “He’s probably the most successful footballer Britain has ever produced, and there’s lots of things he still wants to do with his life.” Real Madrid failed to give Gareth Bale the respect he deserves and should be “kissing the floor that he walks on”, his agent has said. The Wales forward has returned to Spurs on loan, seven years after leaving the north London club for Real Madrid in an £85 million transfer. Bale helped Real to four Champions League triumphs, but has been frozen out at the Bernabeu after falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane. Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, says his career in Madrid had effecParis St-Germain believe that Dele Alli wants to join them on a seasonlong loan deal. The Champions League finalists are also increasing­ly confident that a deal can be struck with Tottenham Hotspur before the transfer window closes on Oct 5 with Alli understood to be keen on the move. The clubs have a good relationsh­ip, with PSG having sold Lucas Moura and Serge Aurier to Spurs in recent seasons. A permanent transfer is not being discussed and PSG only appear interested – for now – in a loan, which may also suit Daniel Levy. The Spurs chairman would be reluctant to allow the midfielder to leave to a Premier League rival. Alli has fallen out of favour with Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho and has not been included in the past two match-day squads after being substitute­d at half-time during the home defeat by Everton. There is also interest in the 24-year-old from Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte. However the Serie A club may struggle to finance a loan move.

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