Gareth Bale ‘will ponder whether to bring his career to a close’ when his Real Madrid contract ends in six months’ time as fate of Wales’ 2022 World Cup play-off campaign set to decide whether winger finds another club in the summer
- Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid this summer when his contract runs out
- The winger is currently focusing on getting Wales to the World Cup in Qatar
- The play-offs are in March, and he may quit the game if they fail to qualify
Gareth Bale will consider retiring from football this summer should Wales fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 32-year-old has made just three appearances for Real Madrid this season under Carlo Ancelotti, with his ability to play hampered by persistent injuries.
He is entering the last six months of his current deal, and there are no plans from either club or player to extend that beyond this summer.
Gareth Bale could retire from football this summer, with his Real Madrid contract set to expire
It means that Bale will become a free agent in June, but his immediate focus is on helping Wales qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Wales are in the play-offs and face a one-legged semi-final at home to Austria, and if successful they’ll welcome either Scotland or Ukraine to Cardiff to vye for a place in Qatar.
According to The Athletic, however, should Rob Page’s side fail to book their place in the Middle East for November, Bale, who captains his country, will actively consider hanging up his boots.
They report that the player has earned more than enough from his career to ensure any further move in the game would not need to be financially motivated.
The 32-year-old’s future largely hinges on Wales’ success in the upcoming World Cup play-offs
The report adds that, should Wales be successful, there is no guarantee that Bale would seek out a team at the highest level either, with the concentration purely on keeping fit ahead of the World Cup.
Bale spent last season on loan back at former club Tottenham, where he as praised for the effect he had at lifting the mood around the training ground.
He played 34 times for Spurs across all competitions, scoring 16 times during his temporary second spell.
Bale has two LaLiga title winners medals and has lifted the Champions League four times with Real Madrid, making him one of the most successful British exports of all time in football.
Bale scored 16 times for Tottenham while on loan at his former club during the 2020-21 season
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