Gareth Bale has refused to rule out hanging up his boots after Euro 2020 after deciding to remain guarded about his future.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett dismissed claims earlier this month that the Real Madrid player could decide to retire from professional football once Wales’ involvement this summer comes to a close (talkSPORT).
Bale scored 11 goals in 20 Premier League games for Tottenham last season, despite struggling for regular first-team football under former boss Jose Mourinho (transfermarkt).
The 31-year-old was asked shortly after Tottenham’s 4-2 win at Leicester City on the final day of the season about what lies in store for him where he claimed he knows what he wants to do, but it will ’cause chaos’ if he were to reveal his plans (Sky Sports).
After reporting for duty with Wales ahead of this summer’s tournament, Bale was once again quizzed about his future intentions and declined the chance to set the record straight about the retirement rumours.
He told the Guardian: “Obviously there’s been a lot of things written about whether I’m doing this and doing that,”
“For me, the main thing is I don’t want to say anything that’s going to cause more chaos or more drama or cause a distraction. I just want to focus on the Euros. I don’t want to say anything that is going to cause any problems on what I am doing or what I am not doing. When the Euros finishes for us then I will sit down and decide what I want to do.”
When asked for further clarity if he was considering retirement, he chuckled and added: “Yeah, well. It’s one of those. As I said, I’ll sit down after the Euros and decide what I want to do. I want to give everything into this Euros and put in everything I can like we do in every single game. If I say something then it’s just going to cause even more chaos so there’s no point.”
Football.London claimed last month that Tottenham have the first option to bring Bale back to North London next season, on the same payment terms as previous which saw them cover around 40 per cent of his wage at Real Madrid.
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