I have to return to Real Madrid – Gareth Bale


Gareth Bale has sought to clarify his comments on his future, insisting that his contract means he “legally” must return to Real Madrid when his Tottenham Hotspur loan expires.

Spurs do not have the option to sign Bale outright from Madrid at the end of the season, when the loan deal ends.

The Welsh winger caused a stir last week after revealing he is planning to return to Santiago Bernabeu, but has now explained that he has yet to make a final decision on where he will play in 2021-22.

Speaking ahead of Wales’ 2020 World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Bale told reporters: “I think for me, first and foremost I still have this season, and I still have plenty of games to go for the Euros.

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

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