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Gareth Bale Admits He Will Have to Return to Real Madrid "Legally" After Tottenham Loan Spell Ends

Gareth Bale says he is "legally" required to return to Real Madrid this summer
Gareth Bale says he is "legally" required to return to Real Madrid this summer / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has admitted that he will be "legally" required to return to Real Madrid in the summer once his loan deal with Tottenham ends, but insisted that he meant no disrespect towards the Premier League side.

The Welshman returned to Spurs last summer on a one-year loan deal in order to get more playing time after falling out of favour under Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane. However, he still seems keen on going back to the LaLiga and proving his worth to the Los Blancos.

“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,” Bale said ahead of Wales’ World Cup qualifier at home to the Czech Republic.

“Real Madrid are I guess my parent club and, as far as I agreed, I was at Tottenham on loan until the end of the season and I go back. That’s the plan so far. The reason I left [Madrid] is because I wanted to play games and enjoy my football. Come summer I will go back to Real Madrid and we will go from there. Then whether then I sit down with my agent and decide, that’s something I will do in the summer.”

Since making the switch back to Tottenham, Bale has scored 10 goals in 25 appearances across competitions, and has recently begun to find his form, after initially struggling for fitness. The 31-year-old added that his current priority is helping Wales in their bid for World Cup qualification.

“I am concentrating on this season. There’s a game tomorrow, big end of the season with Tottenham. I don’t need to worry about anything else,” he said. “After the Euros and my summer holiday I will sit down, we’ll go through it then and come to a solution.”