Breaking: Bale reveals next move after Tottenham deal


Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has revealed he plans to return to Real Madrid next season after the end of his loan spell this summer. 

Wales captain Bale has spent the season on loan at Tottenham but he has a year left on his Real contract of £31m-a-year, which expires at the end of the 2021-22 season.

But speaking at a press conference ahead of Wales’ opening World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Wednesday, Bale insisted that he wants to return to Madrid next season, as his main priority with Tottenham was to get match-fit ahead of this summer’s European Championships.   

‘There’s no distraction for me. I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost,’ Bale said.  

‘Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.

‘My plan is to go back – that’s as far I have planned.’

Bale won four Champions League crowns and one LaLiga title during seven years at Madrid, but his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane soured by the time he returned to north London.  

Since arriving back at Spurs – where he left for Madrid back in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £88m – Bale has endured a topsy-turvy time, scoring 10 goals in 25 games in all competitions. 

The 31-year-old has struggled with form and fitness at times, but has shown signs in recent weeks of being back to his best, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League games. 

Bale added that he was pleased to get away from Spurs to join-up with his country after a difficult period, including last week’s shock elimination from the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb. 

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