‘I’m not disrespectful, I have to go back there legally’: Gareth Bale confirms he will return to Real Madrid after Tottenham’s loan expires and the Welsh star’s future will not be resolved until after summer talks
- Gareth Bale said last week that he’s ‘only been going for one season’ on loan to Tottenham
- His comments caused a stir, but Bale has confirmed he will have to return to Real Madrid
- Bale, 31, has one more season on his contract with Real Madrid after the rental period
- But he is unlikely to play a role in the Spanish club’s plans for the 2021-2022 season
- Wales star said talks about his future will take place after Euros over the summer
Gareth Bale will confer with Real Madrid this summer to determine his future after confirming he is ‘legally’ obliged to return there when his loan to Tottenham expires.
The 31-year-old Wales star clarified his current situation on Monday during his international service after comments last week that he ‘only does one season at Spurs’ caused a stir.
Bale said he was not ‘disrespectful’ with the comments as he still has a year to go on his massive £ 600,000-a-week contract with the Spanish club.
Gareth Bale has moved to clear up speculation about his future when his loan to Tottenham expires
The Wales star pictured in practice ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic
However, he has hinted that returning to Real doesn’t necessarily mean he will be playing for them again amid reports that he won’t be in their plans for next season.
He said: ‘Next season, my contract legally states that I have to go back to Real Madrid, that’s what I said.
‘I am not disrespectful to anyone, that’s literally what I have to do.
‘I think Real Madrid is my mother club and as far as I have agreed I will be on loan to Tottenham until the end of the season and then I will go back. That is the plan so far.
‘The reason I left is because I wanted to play games and get match-fit and enjoy my football.
‘Obviously, I’m going back to Real Madrid in the summer and going from there. The plan is to go back and then sit down with my agent and decide, that’s what I’m going to do in the summer. ‘
Bale, 31, has been disappointing during his loan spell at Real Madrid’s Tottenham this season
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has only started Bale in six Premier League games this season
Bale was frozen from the Real Madrid squad by manager Zinedine Zidane towards the end of last season and is unlikely to be assured of regular football when he returns.
When asked about the importance of playing regularly with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, he said: ‘Of course I want to play, but other things could get in the way.
‘Of course, football is not just about what you want, there is the other side.
‘But I’m concentrating on this season, of course we have a big game tomorrow [a World Cup qualifier at home to the Czech Republic], we have a great end to the season with Tottenham and then the euros in the summer.
Bale said he is only focused on the rest of the Spurs season and Euro 2020 with Wales this summer
Reports have suggested Bale has no place in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season at Real
“So right now I don’t have to worry about anything else but this season and for next season, after the euros and my summer vacation, I’m going to sit down and experience something and hopefully come up with a solution.”
Bale has scored 10 times on his loan spell for Tottenham this season and provided three assists, but Jose Mourinho has only used him in six Premier League appearances.