Wales captain Gareth Bale insists he is not distracted by uncertainty over his future and expects to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season as planned. Gareth Bale was out of favour in Real Madrid as Zidane kept him on the sidelines and hence decided to join Tottenham in order to gain some playing time.
Gareth Bale, 31, is with Wales as they prepare for their opening World Cup qualifier away against Belgium on Wednesday. Bale has had a mixed time of things since returning to north London, the forward having scored 10 goals and assisted three more in 25 appearances.
Gareth Bale has scored 10 goals during his time at Tottenham this season
There had recently been talk of Bale staying on at Spurs after hitting form, but he was criticised by Jose Mourinho last week and played no part in Sunday’s win at Aston Villa. However, Bale has ended those rumours of him staying back at Tottenham as he came out saying he expects to return to Madrid next season.
“There’s no distraction for me,” Bale said when asked how his club future might affect his international form. “I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost.
“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.”
Tottenham have no purchase option within the loan agreement they struck with Real Madrid in September 2020. At Real, Bale has won four Champions League titles, two La Liga championships, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups.