Gareth Bale cast doubts about his future after he twice denied the opportunity to refuse reports that he might retire after the European Championship finals this summer.
Last week, Bale's representative, Jonathan Barnett, labeled an article in the Spanish daily ABC newspaper that his client could retire as "garbage". The 31-year-old player is around £ 600,000 a week until the end of next season at Real Madrid. But the Wales captain, who had just finished a loan at Tottenham, denied that he could call the day after Euro 2020.
“Obviously there is a lot of writing about whether or not I do this and it does it,” Bale said. “The point for me is that I don't want to say anything that will cause more chaos or more drama or distraction. I just want to focus on the euro. I do not want to say anything that will cause any problems as to what I am doing or what I am not doing. When the euro is done for us, I'll sit down and decide what I want to do. "
Asking if he would retire, Bale chuckled and replied: “Yes, okay. One of these. As I said, after the Euro, I will sit down and decide what I want to do. I want to give everything for this Euro and do everything we love in every game. If I say something then it will cause more chaos so it makes no sense. "
In March, Bale said that helping Wales for the World Cup finals represented the last piece of the puzzle. An award-winning career in which he won four Champions League titles. He recalled this: “Now is the time to focus on the euro only and I don't want to think of other things I have said in the past. Now when I want to focus on the euro. The whole team focuses only on getting ready right and getting ready for the first match against Switzerland. "
Bale finished an indifferent season in the Premier League with the best goal-per-minute ratio - a strike-to-match 1.07 goal ratio - and the striker said he was determined to carry his final form to the finals. Wales, flying to Azerbaijan next Monday, welcomes world champion France in a friendly match Wednesday, before hosting Albania on Saturday.
“It was great to finish off season, in scoring form for the past few months,” Bale said. “All it took for me was to play games. I knew this; I think a lot of people knew about it. It was just game time. When given the opportunity to continue playing and raise my real Premier League form, it felt natural for my form to come back and start scoring. It didn't surprise me. "
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