Gareth Bale ‘plans to RETIRE from club football next summer but still feature at the 2022 World Cup for Wales’ as he looks to see out rest of his mammoth £600,000-a-week deal at Real Madrid
- Gareth Bale is reportedly planning to retire from club football next summer
- The Welshman is planning to then return for Wales’ 2022 World Cup campaign
- Bale, who is 32 next week, has one year left on his £600,000-a-week Real deal
Gareth Bale will reportedly retire from club football once his £600,000-a-week deal with Real Madrid expires next summer – but will return for Wales’ 2022 World Cup campaign in one last hurrah.
The Welshman has one year left to run on his contract at the Bernabeu and sent fans into a frenzy before Euro 2020 by claiming it would ’cause chaos’ if he revealed what his plans were.
Now, according to The Mirror, with his Wales’ journey at Euro 2020 coming to an end after their 4-0 thumping at the hands of Denmark in the last-16, Bale will hang up his boots at club level next summer before guiding his country in Qatar next winter if they qualify.
Gareth Bale is planning to retire from club football next summer – but wants to return for Wales’ 2022 World Cup campaign in the winter, according to reports
Wales have three points from their opening two World Cup qualifying group games after bouncing back from their defeat by Belgium to beat Czech Republic – who are a point in front of them in second place and have played a game more.
Bale and Co will need to finish either in first place to qualify directly for the World Cup finals or finish in second to advance to the second round play-offs.
Following Wales’ exit from the European Championship last month, Bale was asked in the immediate aftermath of the match whether it would be his last appearance for his country amid speculation that he’d be retiring.
A furious Bale, who turns 32 next week, abruptly terminated the post-match interview, making more headlines over his future.
Bale furiously stormed off when he was asked about his future following Wales’ last-16 defeat
The Wales forward ignored the question and immediately terminated the interview
Bale admitted he was heartbroken by Wales’ exit but insisted every player gave it their all.
‘It’s not how we wanted the game to go. We started well, we conceded a goal and the game changed a little bit,’ he said following the defeat.
‘We unfortunately made a mistake, which killed the game on our side. To finish how we did was disappointing but I’d rather go out like that than doing nothing.
‘It was a foul but the referee was being influenced by a lot of supporters but there’s no point missing excuses.
The 31-year-old looked heartbroken after Wales were ruthlessly dumped out by Denmark
‘We missed an opportunity but I think we can’t fault the effort the boys showed.’
Talk of a potential second loan spell at Tottenham has also been promptly ruled out, with Bale intent on staying in the Spanish capital for the final year of his deal – especially considering how Carlo Ancelotti has taken over from Zinedine Zidane, who Bale had publicly fallen out with.
It was an impressive stint in north London, scoring 11 league goals despite only starting 10 times, fuelling speculation as to whether he’d stay on for another year.
But according to reports from the Evening Standard, Barnett has confirmed that won’t be the case, with one year left on his contract at Los Blancos.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has confirmed Bale will stay at Real Madrid this season
‘As I have said from the beginning, there is no option,’ said Barnett.
‘Gareth has no agreements whatsoever. He is under contract to Real.’
Ancelotti and Bale won the Champions League and Copa del Rey together in the 2013-14 season, and they are expected to hold talks once Bale is back from his holiday following Wales’ last-16 Euros exit.
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