According to the Mirror, Gareth Bale is set to make the remarkable decision to retire from club football next summer when his contract expires but will still continue to play for Wales at the 2022 World Cup.
Bale just led his nation to the Round of 16 in the European Championships and is due to return to Real Madrid this summer to see out his stellar £600,000 a week contract for next season.
The Welshman turns 32 next week but has reportedly told friends and advisers he is not currently planning to sign for another club when he becomes a free agent.
Wales have three points from their opening two games in qualifying Group E and if they do quality for the World Cup in Qatar, Bale does reportedly intend to play for Wales in that tournament despite wanting to retire from club football next year.
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has confirmed that Tottenham have no option to re-sign the Welsh winger this summer.
Real Madrid re-appointed Carlo Ancelotti after Zinedine Zidane resigned from the role and Bale has already spoken about his relationship with the new manager:
“I know Carlo Ancelotti is a great manager. I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.”
Bale’s last season with Spurs was a strange one, he didn’t feature much but he showed glimpses of his still world-class left foot. It would be a huge shame to see an early retirement for a player that gave Spurs fans so many special memories but his motives regarding football have been clear for a while.
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