Bale is heading towards the end of the season loan period at the Spurs, who cannot sign him straight from Real Madrid at the end of the campaign.

Bale must return to Real Madrid

Gareth Bale clarified his comments regarding his future ahead of the expiration of his Tottenham loan agreement, insisting that his contract means he “legally” must return to Real Madrid at first. Bale is heading towards the end of the season loan period at the Spurs, who cannot sign him straight from Real Madrid at the end of the campaign. The Wales international made headlines last week after revealing that he plans to return to the Santiago Bernabeu but has now revealed that he has yet to decide 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 of all, I still have this season, and I still have a lot of games to play for the Euros.”

Real Madrid are Bale’s parent club

“Entering the next season, legally my contract says that I have to return to Real Madrid. Which I said that I do not consider disrespect to anyone. That is legally what I have to do. Real Madrid are my parent club, and as far as I agreed. I was on loan with Tottenham until the end of the season, and I go back. That is the plan so far”. Bale was frozen out from Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid squad last season and cut an awkward figure during their LaLiga title celebrations after being forced to watch most of the club’s games from the stands. The Los Blancos were happy to sanction the 31-year-old’s temporary departure to Tottenham, but he remains under contract at the Bernabeu until 2022.

Zidane paid tribute to Bale for his “spectacular” contribution to Madrid’s cause and wished him well before rejoining the Spurs, but it was reported that the winger was not on his plans for next season. Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett shed light on the situation on the Welshman’s case during an interview. Barnett argued that Bale would have nothing to do with where he left for Madrid and admitted that Zidane is unlikely to welcome him back with open arms. “He still loves Madrid,” said the 71-year-old. “He has no problem with the club, and it’s a great club. It wouldn’t be a problem for him to come back. They have to decide if they need him back if he can play for Madrid and all that. I think you should ask Mr Zidane if he wants him; I don’t think so.”