Gareth Bale on Tottenham future: ‘Legally I have to return to Real Madrid’

Gareth Bale has clarified comments about his Tottenham future, insisting: “Legally I have to return to Real Madrid.”

Bale last week prompted questions over his stay at Spurs by telling reporters he still intends to return to Spain in the summer, seemingly ruling out an extension to his loan.

“The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid,” he said. “My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett later insisted that it was “too early” for talk over his client’s future, adding that his client’s comments were “taken completely out of context”.

He told BBC Sport Wales: “There’s no timescale [on a decision]. He is just concentrating on now.”

Bale has echoed his agent’s remarks, telling reporters on Monday: “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.”

Valeriy Fursov