Spanish journalist Juanfe Sanz has claimed that Gareth Bale could make a controversial move to Atletico Madrid or Barcelona when his contract with Real Madrid runs out in the summer.

There were reports back in February that Bale could return to Tottenham for a third spell when his contract with Real Madrid runs out in the summer (El Nacional).

However, The Evening Standard subsequently claimed the winger is not considering a return to North London and could instead hang up his boots at the end of the season should Wales not qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

According to Sport, AC Milan have contacted Bale’s entourage over a potential move to the San Siro next season.

Sanz has now stated that retirement is indeed an option for the former Spurs man if Wales do not qualify for the World Cup.

Should his nation make it to Qatar, the journalist insisted that Bale would prefer to continue playing his football in Spain.

Sanz told El Chiringuito about Bale’s future: “One of his options is that of retirement, but there is a World Cup ahead and Wales has to play a phase to qualify.

“Gareth Bale, as we know, is in love with the Spanish climate and golf, and he is considering staying in Spain next season to play in the La Liga. It would not be at Real Madrid.

“I’m not authorised to say the name of the clubs, but you don’t have to think about it too much to find out which clubs Bale could play for. They don’t rule out either FC Barcelona or Atletico de Madrid. 

“There is another possibility, which is the one that the footballer likes least, which is to leave Spain.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Spurs fans should give up any lingering hope of Bale returning to the club for a third spell. It was unfortunate how his loan spell transpired last season but the time has come for us to move past the Welshman and look forward to the future under Conte.

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