Gareth Bale insists talking about his club’s future for Wales won’t be a distraction at Euro 2020… but Real Madrid star REFUSES to comment on whether he will retire after the tournament
Gareth Bale has reiterated that he will settle his future after playing for Wales at Euro 2020, but declined to comment on whether he could retire after the tournament.
Real Madrid striker Bale said after the last game of his loan spell at Tottenham on May 23 that he knows where his future lies after this summer, but claimed it would “cause chaos” if he revealed it now.
Bale, 31, will lead Wales at this summer’s European Championship and remained coy when asked on a media day to comment on reports in Spain that he could retire after the tournament.
Gareth Bale has reiterated he will settle his future after playing for Wales at Euro 2020
Bale said after the last game of his Tottenham loan period that he knows what his future holds
“Obviously a lot has been written about whether I do this or that,” Bale said.
“For me the most important thing is that I don’t want to say anything that will cause more chaos or more drama or distraction. I just want to focus on these euros.’
Wales will begin their campaign against Switzerland on June 12 in Baku and face Turkey in the Azerbaijani capital four days later.
Robert Page’s squad then completes their group match against Italy in Rome on June 20. Bale said: ‘I don’t need any distractions during the game.
Reports in Spain suggest the Real Madrid star could retire after the Euros, but he remained cautious bleef
“I am 110 per cent fully focused on Wales. That’s all I’m on about.
“I don’t want to cause any problems because I know things can get mixed up in the media and people will make headlines.
“I don’t want to distract myself and the team. My only focus is on Wales, these euros and nothing else. Everything else about my career, my future, will be arranged after that.’
Bale had a mixed season back at Spurs after returning to his former club in September for the 2020-21 season.
Manager Jose Mourinho never seemed to trust him completely before the Portuguese left the club at the end of April and Bale spent much of the campaign on the bench.
Bale, 31, leads Wales this summer at the European Championship after a mixed club season
But he finished the season with 16 goals and had the best goals-to-minute ratio in the Premier League, scoring every 83.9 minutes.
He said: ‘It has been great to end the season, the last few months, in goal form.
“All it took was for me to play games. I knew that. I think a lot of people knew that.
“It was just game time. Once I got the chance to keep playing and build my real Premier League fitness, it felt natural that my form would be back and I was going to score.
“It wasn’t a surprise to me, it just had to happen.”
Bale said he didn’t want to distract the camp by talking about his future
There are eight survivors from the Welsh squad that made it to the Euro 2016 semi-finals – Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Chris Gunter, Danny Ward, Joe Allen, Jonny Williams and Wayne Hennessey – with 19 of the 26 players capped at 25 or less.
Seven of the squad are in single figures and unfettered midfielder Rubin Colwill has played just 191 minutes of senior football since his Cardiff debut in February.
“The experience of a big tournament is always useful,” said Bale.
“There will be times when that experience will be crucial. If we have to give advice to the youngsters, those who have not played in the tournament before, we can.
‘But then they are also good players. We think they will do well on that podium.”
Bale is one of eight survivors of the Wales squad that reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals