Gareth Bale clarifies Real Madrid comments: “Legally my contract says I have to go back”

There was a minor stir caused last week following comments from Gareth Bale that he would return to Real Madrid this summer.

The Welshman is currently on a season-long loan deal at Tottenham Hotspur, although he has endured a difficult campaign – starting only six Premier League games despite steering clear of injuries.

Last week, Bale told reporters, as cited by Wales Online: “The original plan was only to do a season at Spurs, and then after the Euros, I would still have a year left at Real Madrid.

“My plan is to go back and that’s as far as I’ve planned to be honest.”

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It was claimed last summer that Bale’s relationship with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was broken and the situation for him in Madrid had been untenable – and he appears to have little future at the club.

The forward’s future remains unclear as it appears unlikely that Los Blancos will incorporate him back into the first-team squad while it may prove tricky to find a club who are willing to accommodate his wages in their entirety.

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With his contract in the Spanish capital expiring in 2022, a decision is likely to be made soon but the player has clarified this will not be made until summer.

Bale told a press conference on Monday, in quotes carried by “I think for me, first and foremost I still have this season, and I still have plenty of games to go for the Euros.

“Obviously, going into next season, legally my contract says I have to go back to Real Madrid, which is what I stated, which I don’t think is being disrespectful to anybody. That’s legally what I have to do.

“Real Madrid are I guess my parent club and as far as I agreed I was on Tottenham on loan until the end of the season and I go back. That’s the plan so far.

“The reason I left was because I wanted to play games and get match fit and enjoy my football. Obviously come the summer I will go back to Real Madrid and we’ll go from there.

“I think the plan is to go back and then whether then I sit down with my agent is something we’ll do in the summer.”

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