Gareth Bale reportedly informed Tottenham of his decision over his future prior to the ongoing Euro 2020 campaign.
The Real Madrid forward spent last season on loan at Spurs and endured a mixed return to north London. Bale scored 16 goals in all competitions during his temporary spell back in the capital but struggled to cement a starting spot under Jose Mourinho.
The 31-year-old did show moments of his old self during his season-long loan, but he couldn’t propel Spurs up the table – with a seventh-place finish all they could manage.
Plenty has been said about Bale’s future and where it may be, but it looks increasingly likely he could return to Real Madrid for the 2021/22 campaign, despite having just 12 months remaining on his deal in the Spanish capital.
The Athletic are reporting that Tottenham were made aware of Bale’s decision to not return to north London for a second successive campaign ‘weeks ago’.
With Carlo Ancelotti replacing Zinedine Zidane at Los Blancos, the new season does present a fresh chance for Bale to reinvent himself at Madrid.
Ancelotti was the man that brought Bale to Real Madrid for a big-money fee back in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham and they could be set for a remarkable reunion eight years on.
Bale spoke about his relationship and admiration for the former Everton manager recently, but insisted the decision to bring him back as Madrid boss would not affect his thinking.
When asked if Ancelotti’s appointment would impact his decision, Bale shook his head and then said: “I’m not thinking about anything until after the Euros. I know Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great manager, I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.
“We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I’m sure he’s going to be amazing in charge there.
“I spoke to him when we played Everton at the start of the season, we hugged and had a little chat which was nice.
“But I’m still in the same boat and haven’t thought about it too much.
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“I’m concentrated on our preparation now and what’s going to happen in the Euros and I’ll sort the rest of it after. I haven’t spoken to anybody.
“I am not thinking about anything until after the Euros. I know Carlo’s returned and I get on with him really well, and I’m not denying that, but I’m just concentrating on now.”