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Carlo Ancelotti believes Gareth Bale 'deserves' to end Real Madrid career on own terms

Sean Walsh
Bale's contract expires in the summer
Bale's contract expires in the summer / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Carlo Ancelotti believes that Gareth Bale has earned the right to end his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu on his own terms.

Bale's contract expires in the summer and it's widely expected that he will not be signing a new one.

Though the Welshman has not yet provided a definitive update on his own future, he has been tentatively linked with another return to Tottenham recently, while it had been previously floated that he could retire altogether if Wales do not reach the 2022 World Cup.

Bale has never been hugely popular with Real fans or Madrid media, but Los Blancos boss Ancelotti - who initially signed him from Spurs back in 2013 - has noted that the forward has contributed a lot to the club and continues to set an example.

Bale has not disrespected his teammates, he trains well and he is professional," Ancelotti said.

“He wants to finish here and he deserves to do that. He has helped win the Champions League and he has done important things for Real Madrid.

“I think finishing here in a strong way would be good for his career.”

Bale has the chance to add a fifth Champions League title to his trophy cabinet before leaving the Spanish capital, with Real taking on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday.

He made his return from injury in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Villarreal and could play a part at Parc des Princes.