Gareth Bale to retire from club football – but sets out plan for Wales career

Gareth Bale is set to sensationally call time on his club career at the end of next season – but may continue to play for Wales.

The Welsh skipper, 32 next week, has been on loan at Tottenham this season but will return to Real Madrid in the coming weeks to play one final season in the Spanish capital under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Daily Mirror report Bale has told friends and advisers that he has no plans to find a new club when his Los Blancos deal expires next summer.

However, with the 2022 World Cup taking place in December next year – Bale may decide to play at the tournament should Wales qualify.

The attacker is currently earning £600,000-a-week on his Madrid deal but has long had to fight off speculation that he may be ready to call time on his footballing career early.

Bale struggled under ex-Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and has been vilified in the Spanish press and by fans of the club.

A season at Spurs under Jose Mourinho seemed to rejuvenate his stagnant career somewhat.

But Bale last month refused to answer if he had played his final game for Wales after their Euro 2020 exit against Denmark.

When it comes to his country, Rob Page's men making the World Cup could see Bale briefly extend his career until the end of 2022, with the tournament running from November 21 – December 18.

The nation currently have three points from their first two games in qualifying Group E.

They next play Belarus and Estonia in September as they aim to qualify for the competition for the first time since 1958.

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Bale has also admitted his love for life in Spain, despite hardly featuring for Madrid under previous boss Zidane.

However, he does enjoy a good relationship with the Frenchman's successor, Ancelotti.

“I’m not thinking about anything until after the Euros," Bale said last month.

"I know Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great manager, I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.”

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