Gareth Bale has expressed his desire to “return” to Real Madrid after his season-long loan at Tottenham ends. After being frozen out at the Santiago Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, the Wales international returned to familiar surroundings at the start of the 2020-21 season.

There has been little improvement in the dugout in Spain, and although it has taken time for a seasoned player to deliver his best at Spurs, the 31-year-old plans to continue for the final year of his deal with the La Liga giants.

In response to a question about his future ambitions ahead of Wales’ first 2022 World Cup qualifier against Belgium, Bale said, “There’s no diversion for me. I guess the biggest reason I came to Spurs this year was first and foremost to play football. I had to be match-fit with the Euros. The initial idea was for him to spend a season at Spurs and then move to Real Madrid after the Euros. I plan to go there, that’s as far as I’m going.”

Tottenham has no buying clause in their loan deal with Real Madrid, which expires in September 2020.

A permanent contract with the Blancos will be needed to extend his second term with the club.

Bale seems to be implying that no negotiations would take place, despite his agent recently stating that a return to Spain will be welcomed.

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