Gareth Bale’s agent has claimed that the Tottenham winger’s comments on his “plan” to return to Real Madrid have been taken out of context.
Speculation over Bale‘s future has emerged in recent weeks amid his return to form for Spurs. The 31-year-old, who returned to north London in September on loan from Madrid, struggled upon his comeback. However, he has scored two goals and assisted two others in six Premier League games.
As such, he faced questions over his end-of-season plan in a press conference earlier this week.
The Wales international, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s defeat to Belgium, said: “There’s no distraction for me.
“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost.
“Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.
“My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”
However, his agent, Jonathan Barnett, has claimed that the comments have been “taken completely out of context”.
The intermediary told ESPN that it is “too early” to speculate on his client’s plans after the delayed European Championships.
Furthermore, the source, indirectly quoting Barnett, claims that Barnett believes his client intended his comments as a ‘statement of fact’.
Bale made his comments to ‘reflect the reality of a one-year loan’, rather than a ‘statement of intent’.
Bale and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho have faced negative press amid the player’s general lack of game time this term.
The winger played in only six of the first 21 Premier League games of the season, but has considerably improved in recent weeks. Indeed, he has shown the sort of form which made him a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid.
Bale warned over Madrid return
Meanwhile, former Madrid president Ramon Calderon has warned Bale that he will have work to do to convince the Los Blancos fans if he does return to the Spanish capital.
The forward’s sour relationship with the supporters played a part in his move back to Spurs, as did his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.
But despite the prospect of Bale ending the season on a high and performing well at Euro 2020, Calderon says that could all be forgotten by the Madrid fans.