EURO 2020

Gareth Bale Walks Out on Press Conference Following Questions Over Future

Gareth Bale walked off after being asked about his future following Wales' 4-0 defeat to Denmark
Gareth Bale walked off after being asked about his future following Wales' 4-0 defeat to Denmark / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Gareth Bale walked out of a press conference after being asked about his Wales future following his side's 0-4 loss to Denmark on Saturday.

Prior to Euro 2020, Bale was asked if he would announce a decision on his future, but said that he would wait until after the summer's championship before making it public because it would "cause chaos".

There were suggestions that the Real Madrid man was preparing to hang up his international boots, but when asked, he chose to walk out instead of answering. "I know you were asked yesterday if this was going to be your last game for Wales and you said you wanted at least another one..." was as far as the BBC reporter got before a visibly annoyed Bale walked off camera.

However, he later told S4C via Sky Sports: "I want to continue to play. People ask stupid questions all the time, but obviously I love playing for Wales. I'll play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football."

He added: "We've just started the World Cup campaign, and we need to take this experience into that. I feel like we have a very good way of playing when we play well and we need to keep that confidence high, keep playing football and I think we can qualify for the next World Cup."

Denmark inflicted Wales' heaviest defeat to reach the quarter-finals as Kasper Dolberg struck in each half while Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite also got in on the action.

Wales boss, Robert Page, insisted that Bale had done the right thing by walking away from the post-match interview and labelled the questioning as insensitive. "Like any other player in the changing room right now, he is disappointed," Page told the post-match news conference.

"Why would he want to answer a question about his future? For me it's an insensitive question. What is the point of asking that when he's just come off the pitch after a defeat? Emotions are raw, so he's done the right thing by walking away and gathering his thoughts."