Gareth Bale has revealed the reason for his move to Tottenham was to be be match fit for this summer’s European Championships and says he never planned to stay beyond the current campaign.
Bale signed for the north London side on a season-long loan deal last summer after being frozen out at Real Madrid, returning to Spurs seven seasons after his world-record departure to the Bernabeu.
The Wales international has endured a difficult season and struggled for form and fitness during the early months of the campaign, though has returned to form in recent weeks with four goals and two assists in his past five Premier League appearances.
Bale’s future beyond this season remains uncertain and the 31-year-old has one year remaining on his huge contract in the Spanish capital, with both club and player facing a decision on his future at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Bale has now revealed that his plan was to return to Madrid after a season on loan at Tottenham, insisting the move was designed to ensure he was in peak condition ahead of the European Championships with Wales.
“It’s no distraction for me coming into the Euros,” Bale said at a pre-match press conference ahead of Wales’ World Cup qualifier with Belgium tomorrow.
“The main reason I came to Spurs this year, I wanted to play football first and foremost, but coming into the Euros I wanted to be match fit.
“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.”