Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale to focus on Wales' World Cup dream before deciding club future

Tom Gott
Bale is prioritising Wales
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Gareth Bale will dedicate his focus to Wales' quest to reach the 2022 World Cup before he considers the next move of his club career.

The 32-year-old Welshman will leave Real at the end of his contract this summer, with the lasting memory of his time in Spain unfortunately likely to be his war of words with the media rather than the 17 trophies he has won.

Amid all the chaos of his club career, Bale showed his love for his international team by putting in another sensational performance to fire Wales to the final of the World Cup play-off, which is expected to be played in June after the other semi-final, Scotland vs Ukraine, was delayed because of Russia's military invasion of the latter.

Bale's agent has told the Daily Mail that he is not even thinking about his next club at this point and his focus is solely on making sure Wales get to the World Cup.

"We have had a lot of interest in him but we have not done anything," said agent Jonathan Barnett. "After June we will discuss what we want to do.

"I have been saying for years he is one of Britain’s greatest, most successful sports stars. If he hasn’t had the credit he deserves, it’s because he doesn’t speak much publicly. He is a quiet lad but I don’t understand why he hasn’t been treated better."

Just what the future holds for Bale is unclear. There had been reports that he could retire altogether if Wales fail to reach the World Cup, although the expectation is that he will continue his career away from Real.

A return to former employers Tottenham continues to be suggested, and some unconvincing rumours coming out of Spain have claimed that a deal is already done.