Will Bale be back at Tottenham?
After Wales was thrashed by Denmark in the Euros, many thought it was over for Gareth Bale. He even walked out of an interview out of annoyance because he was asked that precise question. But now we’ve got a bit more clarity as Bale has now said that he plans to keep playing for Wales until he packs it in.
After the Wales 4-0 defeat on Saturday, Bale acted totally unprofessional (as the Captain of Wales) by walking out of a post-match interview when asked about his international future. However, with a quick about-turn, he has now clarified his position by saying that he “loves” playing for Wales and will “play for Wales until the day that (he) stop(s) playing football”. But, of course, this means he will need a club to play for to keep his fitness up, whether that be Real Madrid, Spurs or another club.
The 31-year-old is coming near to the end of his football career. However, at the same time, he suffers from injury. That is why he has been constantly probed about his international retirement during the European Championship. Not only that, but there is speculation about his club future after his loan spell with us ended last month.
Bale said, “I want to continue to play. People ask stupid questions all the time, but obviously I love playing for Wales. I’ll play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football. We’ve just started the World Cup campaign, and we need to take this experience into that. I feel like we have a very good way of playing when we play well, and we need to keep that confidence high, keep playing football, and I think we can qualify for the next World Cup.”
He finished the season with us, at least at the end, strongly, but was not strong in the Euros. He did not score at the tournament; nevertheless, he did provide two assists in Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey in their second group match. But he could not prevent his side from suffering a cruel 4-0 defeat to Denmark and was booked for dissent late in the game.
I can’t see Bale coming back to Spurs now that Zinedine Zidane has left Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti has taken over. Ancelotti has talked favourably about Bale, and I think he will use him in his last season with the club. After that, he will be 33 years old and adding his injury problems to his years means he will probably retire. No doubt Bale will be back in some exhibition match for Spurs. I saw him when he was initially at White Hart Lane and again this season, just gone. I was lucky to go to the lockdown games and also saw him in the League Cup Final against Manchester City at Wembley.
All the best, Glenn
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