Gareth Bale’s comments about returning to Real Madrid after a Tottenham loan were ‘completely taken out of context’, says agent Jonathan Barnett … who insists it is ‘too early’ to draw any conclusions about Welshman’s long-term future .
- Gareth Bale stated this week that his plan is to return to Real Madrid this summer
- The Wales captain is currently in the middle of a one-year lease with Tottenham
- His agent Jonathan Barnett says it is “too early” to know where Bale’s future lies
- The 31-year-old winger’s deal of £ 31 million a year in Madrid expires next summer
Gareth Bale’s comments this week that he intended to return to Real Madrid this summer were “ completely taken out of context, ” says his agent Jonathan Barnett.
During a press conference ahead of Wales ‘World Cup qualifying loss against Belgium, Bale said:’ The original plan was to play a season with Spurs and after the European Championship has another year to go with Real Madrid – my plan is to go back. to go, that’s what I planned. ‘
But Barnett, in one ESPN report, insisting that those comments have been ‘taken out of context’ and that it is simply ‘too early’ to know what Bale’s long-term future holds, ahead of his £ 31 million-a-year contract in Madrid that will follow year ends.
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett (right) defended his client over recent comments
The winger has another season on his £ 31m-a-year contract with Zinedine Zidane’s (pictured) Real
The report indicates that Barnett stated that Bale’s comments were simply a statement of fact rather than his real intent, as his one-year loan with Tottenham does indeed expire at the end of the season.
Bale added: ‘There is no distraction for me. I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was football in the first place.
‘I wanted to be match-fit when entering the European Championship.’
Bale won four Champions League crowns and two LaLiga titles over seven years with Madrid, but his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane had soured by the time he returned to North London in September.
The 31-year-old won four Champions League titles during his first seven years with Real Madrid
Since returning to Spurs – where he left for Madrid in 2013 for what was then a world record of £ 86 million – Bale has endured a time turned upside down, scoring 10 goals in 25 games in all competitions.
The 31-year-old has struggled at times with form and fitness, but has shown signs in recent weeks that he is back at his best, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League games.
In January, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said there had been “no discussion” with Bale about his long-term future.
Gareth is on loan until the end of the season. Not a second of discussion, ”he said.
“We are of course talking about Gareth himself, Real Madrid and Tottenham, but I promise you, not a second discussion.”
Bale added on Tuesday that he was delighted to be leaving Spurs to join his country after a difficult period for the club, including last week’s Europa League shock elimination to Dinamo Zagreb.
Bale couldn’t stop Wales from going to a 3-1 defeat to Belgium in this week’s World Cup qualifier
“I always think that when things aren’t going well at a club, it’s nice to get away from the environment mentally,” said Bale.
‘It can be an advantage. We focus on these games, which are very important to us. We forget club life and concentrate on it. ‘
However, Bale could not prevent Wales from falling to a 3-1 defeat against Belgium on Wednesday evening.