90min
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale clarifies Wales future after walking out of interview

Tom Gott
Gareth Bale has spoken about his future
Gareth Bale has spoken about his future / PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW/Getty Images
facebooktwitterreddit

Wales winger Gareth Bale has confirmed that he has no plans to retire from international duty following his side's exit from Euro 2020.

Before the tournament began, there were plenty of rumours suggesting Bale could retire from football altogether, with some stories going as far as to claim that the Real Madrid forward was eyeing up a professional golf career instead.

Those stories were unsurprisingly rubbished by Bale's agent, but the Welshman still left the world in suspense when he confessed that he had already decided his next move but did not want to 'cause chaos' by revealing his choice.

The next chapter in this saga came after Wales' elimination from Euro 2020 at the hands of Denmark, after which Bale swiftly walked away from an interview with the BBC when asked whether he had played his final game for Wales.

That reaction obviously sent the rumour mill into overdrive, but Bale quickly calmed things down soon after by admitting to S4C that he plans to continue representing his country.

"I want to continue to play. People ask stupid questions all the time, but obviously I love playing for Wales," Bale said. "I'll play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football."

"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."

Bale's decision to walk off from the initial interview was praised by Wales boss Robert Page, who questioned why reporters felt asking such an important question straight after elimination from the tournament was the right thing to do.

Rob Page
Page felt Bale did the right thing / Koen van Weel - Pool/Getty Images

"Like any other player in the changing room right now, he is disappointed," Page said (via Sky Sports News). "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."


For more from ​Tom Gott, follow him on ​Twitter!

facebooktwitterreddit