Gareth Bale has made it clear he intends to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season, in a shock turn of events. The Welshman has given a significant update on his future while away on international duty, in which he outlined his ambition to head back to Spain at the end of the season in a major blow for Tottenham.
Spurs brought Bale back to north London last summer on loan but the move was expected to be the end of the road for the forward in Madrid.
Yet now he’s hinted that he does not intend to make his Tottenham move permanent at the end of the season, something that is unlikely to go down well with Jose Mourinho.
“It’s no distraction for me coming into the Euros,” Bale said, when asked to clarify his future.
“The original plan was only to do a season at Spurs, then after the Euros, I’ll still have a year left at Madrid and my plan is to go back. That’s as far as I’ve planned to be honest.
It was previously reported that Bale would be open to extending his Tottenham loan until the expiry of his contract.
But now he appears to have poured cold water on the idea, just two days after he was unused substitute in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa.
Real Madrid would have to continue subsidising his pay packet should he remain with Spurs next season.
However, Daniel Levy would be taking a percentage of Bale’s bumper wages off their books.
Bale is not the most popular figure amongst Real Madrid supporters, who have continuously scrutinised his love for golf. He was even jeered inside the Bernabeu last season.
But it appears Bale is not ready to give up on his Real Madrid career just yet, even if it means sitting on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.
The winger finally looked to have turned the corner and put his injury troubles behind him earlier this month, when he netted braces against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Mourinho even claimed he’d broken a psychological barrier as he praised his revived danger man.
“It is not that we have challenged him or anything,” Mourinho told AS. “We have only supported him.
“I found psychological scars in him. When you are a couple of seasons with many injuries, the important thing is not only the muscular scars, but also the psychological ones, which bring fear and instability.
“There is a moment when you are working well and when everyone around you is supporting you to the maximum. At that moment the psychological barrier is broken. And he has done it. It was him, not us.”