Gareth Bale to retire once Real Madrid contract expires
Gareth Bale has reportedly decided to end his career once his contract at Real Madrid ends in 2022, after years of struggles in the football world.
According to Spanish media outlet AS, Bale will return to Real Madrid once his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur ends, where he will see out the rest of his contract with the Spanish club, before retiring at the end of the contract.
Bale sought to regain his form and love for football through his loan move to Spurs, but things have not gone exactly to plan in England since his return, with Spurs falling short in the race for Champions League football, and with injuries troubling him, leading to his playing time being managed to avoid further injuries.
As a result, the Welsh forward will return to Real Madrid next season, and with the prospect of Zinedine Zidane, with whom Bale has a fragmented relationship, possibly leaving the club, a new path into the squad could potentially open up for him.
The report claims that Bale's primary focus is playing in the Euros with Wales, where he will then let his contract at Real Madrid expire and eventually calling it a day in terms of football.
It states that Bale has made it "no secret in the dressing room that he intends to push his fitness to the limit, always putting the European Championship first."
"He has also made no secret of his intention to return to Real Madrid this summer to complete the remaining year of his contract at the Santiago Bernabéu and then retire from football, as this newspaper has learned."
As a result, he plans to finish his football career at the age of 33, and while he might reconsider this decision over the coming months, his future does not seem to lie in Spain's capital.
Bale has played in 33 games for Spurs this season, during which he has scored 14 goals and set up another three, proving to be an influential player in the side in 2021, but his extortionate wages might be too high for Spurs to entice them to try and extend his current loan deal for another year.