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back to spain Gareth Bale confirms his strange spell at Tottenham is coming to an end


Gareth Bale and Joe Rodon during a Wales training session. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

Gareth Bale and Joe Rodon during a Wales training session. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

Gareth Bale and Joe Rodon during a Wales training session. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

Gareth Bale has confirmed that he will not stay at Tottenham beyond this season, confirming his curious second spell with the north London club will end in May.

Bale's loan spell from Real Madrid has brought mixed results as he has shown flashes of brilliance while also struggling to reach peak fitness and appearing to be content to sit on the bench for long periods.

There have been suggestions that Spurs may look to sign Bale permanently, but that option is not favoured by the club's current hierachy and now the Welshman has ended speculation over his future.

"I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost," said Bale.

"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.”

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said earlier this month that Bale’s future beyond the end of the season was a matter for Real and these comments from the player suggest his return to the club where he made his name before sealing a world record £86million move to Real Madrid in 2013 will be brief.

Mourinho appeared to question Bale’s attitude after Tottenham’s FA Cup defeat to Everton in February, the Portuguese admitting he was surprised the player asked for a scan on an injury he described as “not obvious”.

But Bale then enjoyed a first-team resurgence, scoring six goals in six games before Spurs’ season took a turn for the worse with a derby defeat to Arsenal and a Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.

Bale was benched for the 3-0 defeat in Croatia and the 2-0 Premier League win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

On arriving fresh for international duty, Bale said: “Over the last few years this is probably the most match fitness I’ve had.

“I’m feeling fresh and ready to go. I always think when things aren’t going too well at a club, it’s nice to get away, especially mentally, get away from the club environment.

“Definitely it can be a benefit. We focus on these games for Wales, which are very important for us. We forget club life and concentrate on this.”

Bale's comments may disappoint some Spurs fans who were hoping he could help them secure a top four finish in the Premier League and win next month's Carabao Cup final.

Yet it seems his desire to see out the final year of his £650,000-a-week contract in Spain is a priority for player who has been a shadow of the world beating talent who won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid in the last two seasons.

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