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Agent reveals critical factor behind decision as Prem return for Tottenham favourite Gareth Bale hinted

Gareth Bale smiling during Real Madrid training

The agent of Gareth Bale has confirmed his inevitable departure from Real Madrid this summer, hinting at a Premier League return being likely for the Tottenham Hotspur old boy.

Bale has been back in Madrid this season for the final year of his contract with Real. He spent the season before on loan with Tottenham, from whom Los Blancos had signed him originally back in 2013.

The Welsh winger has recorded some good achievements across his stint in Spain. But he has faded from prominence over the past few years. Due to his big salary, that has made him unpopular with Madridistas.

They will therefore be glad to see the back of him this summer. His impending exit from the Bernabeu has now been confirmed by agent Jonathan Barnett.

But there may be a different feeling about Bale back in the UK. He remains well thought of at Tottenham and could be of interest to a few Premier League clubs.

Barnett has confirmed that a return to the top flight of English football is likely for Bale. However, it all hinges on how Wales get on in the World Cup play-offs.

Wales will face either Scotland or Ukraine in Cardiff next month for a place in the group stage at Qatar 2022. Playing for his country means a lot to Bale, so it is understandable that his focus will lie there.

After that, there could be a battle for his services.

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Barnett told Record: “He leaves Real Madrid, but we have to wait for what Wales will be able to do [on June 5].

“It all depends on whether Wales qualify for the World Cup, then we will make a decision, which may vary whether or not Wales go to the World Cup.”

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The agent added: “Is it more likely to return to England? I think so, but we’ll have to wait and see if Wales qualifies for the World Cup.”

Bale has also been tipped to continue his career abroad, perhaps in the MLS with DC United. There have also been speculative links with a drop down to the Championship to join hometown team Cardiff City.

Within the Premier League, a third spell with Tottenham could be touted as an option. Cash-rich Newcastle may also be able to satisfy the 32-year-old.

It will be interesting to see what path he chooses once Wales’ World Cup status is clear. If they qualify, it may encourage him to continue at a high level in the club game.

That would in theory allow him to go into the winter tournament in good shape. But if Wales don’t make it, Bale’s future will be all to play for.

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