Gareth Bale 'to consider retirement aged just 32 if Wales do not reach World Cup in Qatar' as Real Madrid deal runs down

Gareth Bale 'to consider retirement aged just 32 if Wales do not reach World Cup in Qatar' as Real Madrid deal runs down

January 7, 2022

GARETH BALE could retire this summer aged just 32 it's claimed – if Wales don't reach the World Cup in Qatar.

The forward has finally entered the last six months of his £600,000-a-week contract at Real Madrid.

With no extension or January transfer forthcoming, Bale is set to become a free agent in the summer.

Should Wales reach this winter's World Cup in Qatar, the former Tottenham star will look to sign a short-term deal with a club in order to remain in contention for his country.

If Rob Page's side are unsuccessful in the play-off, however, The Athletic claim that Bale could call it a day.

Wales have drawn Austria in their play-off semi-final.

Should they be successful, they will face the winner of Scotland's semi with Ukraine in Cardiff.

In this eventuality Bale would sign for another club in the summer.

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But it's claimed that it would unlikely be a team at the 'very top level'.

Bale spent last season on loan at Spurs, scoring 16 goals in 35 appearances.

A combination of knee and calf injuries coupled with Covid-19 have limited him to just three outings this term upon his Madrid return.

He played 45 minutes of Wales' 5-1 win over Belarus in November, before missing their crucial draw with Belgium three days later.

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