Gareth Bale set to leave Real Madrid as Antonio Conte drops Tottenham’s selection index for Man City

Here’s your Tottenham Hotspur morning recap of Wednesday, February 16.

Bale’s exit sparks talk of Tottenham return

Gareth Bale will finally leave Real Madrid this summer, Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

“Bale had injuries, then his contract ends – maybe he didn’t have a good motivation, but he wants to finish here as he deserves,” Ancelotti said, as quoted by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter .

Ancelotti’s words will naturally spark rumors of a potential return to Spurs for the 32-year-old striker, especially if Wales can qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, but it’s suggested the Reds captain Dragons is hanging up its boots for good. if his country does not arrive in the Middle East.

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Spurs face tricky encounters in race to top four

With Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea top of the Premier League table, there seems to be only one Champions League qualification berth left and as many as five teams could realistically take it.

Spurs are one of them, but three straight league defeats to Chelsea, Southampton and, most recently, Wolverhampton Wanderers have left them trailing their closest rivals. looked at the Lilywhites’ next six Premier League matches against those of Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham United and Wolves.

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Conte is about to give Rodon his big break

Joe Rodon has struggled to get playing time at Spurs but other opportunities could be imminent after Antonio Conte’s admission and his recent results.

The Welsh centre-back has made just eight appearances for the club in all competitions this season, but from what Conte has said Rodon could well be in the starting XI for this Saturday’s clash at Manchester City .

“We are talking about a person whose commitment is very high on a daily basis. But right now maybe I’m making mistakes picking different players maybe,” Conte said in his post-match press conference last Sunday.

“My assessment is to try to put the best players on the pitch at the moment. If I didn’t, maybe I made different considerations.