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Gareth Bale Coy on Real Madrid Future Amid Retirement Reports

By Amreen
Bale was quizzed about his Real Madrid future
Bale was quizzed about his Real Madrid future / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has refused to be drawn into discussions over his Real Madrid future as he enters the final year of his contract.

The Welsh international hinted ahead of Euro 2020 that his career, at both club and country level, could be coming to an end. Bale returned to Tottenham last season and flourished at his former club, before returning to the Santiago Bernabeu, where he has been handed a clean slate by returning boss, Carlo Ancelotti.

When asked if a contract extension could be on the cards, Bale replied: "I've only just started this year and you're already asking questions! I haven't thought about anything beyond this game [Wales' World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Sunday] to be honest. I'm just thinking about each and every game as it comes. Just trying to enjoy it.

"I want to play in a World Cup for Wales, not just for myself, but for the country as a whole. I think it would be an incredible experience for the nation. We're fully focused now on trying to do that with another crucial game. In terms of the caps, I think every player would love to get to 100 caps. I'm very close, and it would be nice if I can get it done."

Bale could reach 99 international caps this interlul if he features against Belarus and Estonia, and appears keen to continue playing for both, Madrid and Wales.

"Everyone just seems to make up stories when they want. I don't know. They just make up some wild things. I never planned to finish," he added.

"Like I said before, I just wanted to concentrate on the Euros and didn't want to have to explain myself. I didn't feel like I needed to. I still don't feel like I need to, and I think no matter what I said I was going to do, whether it was to stay, leave, retire, whatever, it would have caused a big story. An annoying story, and a distracting story. So I think for me it was better not to say anything and just try to concentrate on the job in hand."