Gareth Bale: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti all but confirms the Welshman will leave the club this summer | Soccer News

Carlo Ancelotti has almost confirmed that Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer.

Bale has struggled with injuries and coronavirus since returning to Real after a season-long loan spell at Spurs last year, only making his return to the pitch in Saturday’s goalless draw at Villarreal – his first game since. August.

Speaking ahead of the first leg of Real’s last 16 Champions League fixture at Paris Saint-Germain, Ancelotti suggested Bale’s contract situation may have affected his conduct this season, but said the one-time signing of the world record was still eager to end her career in Spain with a flourish.

The Italian said: “His contract is about to end and he may not have had much motivation lately.

“Now he feels good and he wants to end his time here as he deserves because Bale has brought many titles to this club.

“He helped the club win the Champions League and Copa Del Rey titles, so I think ending his time here on a high would be good for his career.

“I talk to him like I try to talk to everyone, trying to get the best out of them, listen to their problems, and that’s it.

“The personal relationship with him and the other players is good, I can’t fault him.

Bale is Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer, with 36 out of 100 caps

“As long as a player is serious, professional and respects the rules and the people he works with, our personal relationship will be good.

“He always did that and never failed. Then Gareth had injuries that didn’t allow him to [to play].”

The 32-year-old won two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and four Champions League crowns in nine years at the Bernabeu after joining Tottenham in the summer of 2013.

The next retirement for Bale?

Last month, Sky Sports News reported that Bale is considering ending his playing career this summer if Wales fail to qualify for this year’s World Cup, but could consider joining a Championship club if he helps his country to participate at the tournament in Qatar.

Wales will face a play-off against Austria in Cardiff in March and, if they win, they will then face Scotland or Ukraine for a place in the final.

Wales have not qualified for the World Cup since 1958 and Bale is keen to represent his country at the tournament before his career is over.

Gareth Bale
Bale hopes to inspire Wales at their first World Cup in 64 years

But if Wales fail at the play-off stage, retirement could be considered.

However, if Wales reach their first World Cup in 64 years, Bale could consider signing a short-term deal with a Premier League or Championship side to ensure he is ready for the tournament.

It is believed that Bale, who turns 33 in July, could consider joining Cardiff or Swansea.

‘Bale has achieved everything he wanted in the club game’

Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol…

“It’s an interesting story about Gareth Bale because it’s obvious he’s out of contract this summer. He’s always maintained that he’ll stay at Real Madrid until the end of his contract, even though he may not be playing regularly.

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Transfer Show’s Kaveh Solhekol explains why Gareth Bale could consider joining a Championship club or possibly retiring this summer

“Of course Wales have that big play-off coming up in March against Austria and then they’ll play Scotland or Ukraine if they get the first draw.

“I think if Wales qualify for the World Cup they will be left without a club this summer because their contract is due to expire at Real Madrid. So what I think he will do then is try to sign a short-term contract with a club returning to the Premier League or Championship.

“Actually, I think it’s more likely to be a Welsh club in the Championship that he signs a short-term contract with.

“And if Wales don’t qualify for the World Cup, I think there’s a very good chance that Bale will retire from football at the end of his contract this summer because he feels having achieved everything he set out to do in the game and if he can’t play the World Cup with Wales, he will retire.”

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