Bale unwilling to cause ‘more chaos’ by discussing his future

Date published: Monday 31st May 2021 7:10 - News Desk

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Gareth Bale has insisted that he is focused on this summer’s Euros with Wales and that he is now willing to discuss his future until after the tournament.

Real Madrid striker Bale said after the final game of his Tottenham loan spell on May 23 that he knows where his future lies after this summer, but claimed it would “cause chaos” if he revealed it now.

Bale, 31, will lead Wales at this summer’s European Championship and was asked at a squad media day to address reports in Spain that he could retire after the tournament.

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“Obviously there’s been a lot of things written about whether I’m doing this and doing that,” Bale said.

“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 this Euros.”

Wales start their campaign against Switzerland in Baku on June 12 before playing Turkey in the Azerbaijani capital four days later.

Robert Page’s side then complete their group fixtures against Italy in Rome on June 20.

Bale said: “I don’t need any distractions going into it, during it.

“I’m fully focused 110 per cent on Wales. That’s all my mind is on.

“I don’t want to cause any problems anywhere because I know things can get mixed in the media and people start making headlines.

“I don’t want to cause any distractions for myself or for the team. My sole focus is on Wales, this Euros and nothing else. Anything else about my career, my future, will be sorted after.”

Bale had a mixed season back at Spurs after returning to his former club for the 2020-21 season in September.

Manager Jose Mourinho never seemed to trust him fully before the Portuguese left the club at the end of April and Bale spent large periods of the campaign on the bench.

But he ended the season with 16 goals and had the best goal-to-minute ratio in the Premier League – scoring every 83.9 minutes.

He said: “It was great to finish off the season, the last few months, in goalscoring form.

“All it took was for me to be playing games. I knew that. I think a lot of people knew that.

“It was just game time. Once I was given the opportunity to keep playing and get my actual Premier League fitness up it felt natural that my form would be back and I’d start scoring.

“It was no surprise to me, it just needed to happen.”

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