Tottenham star Bale planning to return to Real Madrid next season

The Welshman had fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane and returned to north London on a season-long loan deal last year.

Bale will have just one year left on his Madrid contract come the summer, and the prospect had been raised of extending his loan by a further season.

However, despite a recent upturn in form, the 31-year-old has struggled for form and fitness under Jose Mourinho, and his future is sure to be a topic of debate as the summer transfer window nears.

“There’s no distraction for me,” Bale told a press conference ahead of Wales’ opening 2022 World Cup qualifier in Belgium.

“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost.

“Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.

“My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”

Bale has scored 10 times in 25 appearances for Spurs this season, but half of those goals have come in the cup competitions, though he has found the net four times in his last four league appearances.

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