Gareth Bale clarifies his comments about returning to Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale
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Gareth Bale has now offered a clarification to his comments about returning to Real Madrid last week, highlighting that he is just explaining the situation as it is.

The Welshman told the Evening Standard that he intended to see out the season with Spurs before returning to Spain at the end of the campaign.

He also claimed that his main reason for going out on loan this season was to build up his fitness ahead of the Euros for Wales. Some Spurs fans were left a little upset by these comments.

However, Bale’s agent revealed that the quotes had been taken out of context and assured fans that nothing had yet been decided regarding Bale’s future.

Bale himself has now come out and explained that legally he has to return to Madrid at the end of the season because they are his parent club, adding that he was not trying to disrespect anyone.

He also hinted that he may sit down with his agent at the end of the season to discuss their next move.

Bale said (as relayed by Football London): “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.”

He added: “Of course I want to be playing, but other things might get in the way. Obviously, in football, it’s not just about what you want. It’s the other side.

“So I’m just concentrating on this season. I have a big game tomorrow and a big end to the season with Tottenham and obviously the Euros in the summer.

“So for me in the summer at the moment I don’t need to worry about anything else apart from his season and regarding next season, after the Euros and my summer holiday, we’ll sit down and we’ll go through something then and hopefully we’ll come up with a solution.”

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