Gareth Bale’s future plans have not changed in light of Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid, the Wales star has confirmed.
The attacker and Wales captain, 31, has remained tight-lipped over what his plans are after Euro 2020, only saying: “I know what I’m doing, but it’ll just cause chaos if I say anything.”
Rumours of retirement have been swirling – something Bale has not denied – while Tottenham fans may have hoped for an extension to his season-long loan in light of reports Harry Kane is seeking a move away.
Returning Real manager Ancelotti, however, said this week he still has “a lot of love” for Bale, and confirmed he would be returning to the Bernabéu – after Bale left in search of game-time due to a frosty relationship with previous manager Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking at a Wales press conference ahead of their final friendly before Euro 2020, Bale denied that Ancelotti’s return would affect his future plans in any way.
He said: “I know Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great manager, I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.
“But I haven’t spoken to anybody. I’m not thinking about my future.
“As soon as the Euros finish, I’m sure I’ll have a conversation and then I’ll go from there but I’m not thinking about anything until after the Euros.”
Rob Page’s side face Albania on Saturday at Cardiff City Stadium, when thousands of fans will be able to return to cheer on their team for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic. It is their final match before competing in Euro 2020 against Switzerland, Turkey and Italy in the group stages.
Ancelotti had said of Bale : “I have a lot of love still for Gareth, Isco, Marcelo… they will have motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.
“Gareth has not played much in the Premier League, but he scored lots of goals, was very effective in recent games when he had chance to play.
“He is coming back, I know him very well, he will be motivated to play better and have a great season, no doubt.”
The Welshman is contracted to Real Madrid until the summer of 2022.
Ancelotti and Bale won the Champions League and Copa del Rey together in 2014, with Cardiff native Bale scoring in the finals of both competitions.