Gareth Bale will sit down for talks with Real Madrid to determine his future this summer after confirming he is ‘legally’ obliged to return there when his Tottenham loan expires.
The Wales star, 31, clarified his present situation on Monday while on international duty after comments last week that he ‘is only doing a season at Spurs’ caused a stir.
Bale said he wasn’t being ‘disrespectful’ with the remarks because he still has one year remaining on his enormous £600,000-a-week contract with the Spanish club.
However, he has hinted that returning to Real doesn’t necessarily mean he will play for them again amid reports he doesn’t feature in their plans for next season.
He said: ‘Going into next season, my contract says legally I have to go back to Real Madrid which is what I stated.
‘I’m not being disrespectful to anybody, that’s literally what I have to do.’Real Madrid are I guess my parent club and as far as I agreed I am on loan at Tottenham until the end of the season and then I go back. That is the plan so far.
‘The reason I left is because I wanted to play games and get match fit and enjoy my football.
‘Obviously come the summer I will be going back to Real Madrid and will go from there. The plan is to go back and whether then I sit down with my agent and decide is something I will do in the summer.’
Bale was frozen out of the Real Madrid side by manager Zinedine Zidane towards the end of last season and is unlikely to be assured of regular football if he returned.
Asked about the importance of playing regularly with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, he said: ‘Of course I want to be playing but other things might get in the way.
‘Obviously in football it’s not all about what you want, there is the other side.
‘But I am concentrating on this season, obviously we have a big game tomorrow [a World Cup qualifier at home to the Czech Republic], we have a big end of season with Tottenham and then the Euros in the summer
‘So at the moment I don’t need to worry about anything else than this season and, regarding next season, after the Euros and my summer holiday, I will sit down and we’ll go through something then and hopefully come up with a solution.’
Bale has scored 10 times during his Tottenham loan spell this season and chipped in with three assists, but Jose Mourinho has only started him in six Premier League matches