- Gareth Bale spoke to the media about his situation
- Bale would consider returning to the Premier League, if Real Madrid “allow” him
- He said that the club makes things very difficult for him
Bale blames the Real Madrid for not allowing him to leave sooner and says it is nice to feel “appreciated” when he joins up with the Wales squad. The 31-year-old almost left Real Madrid last summer for a move to China but it was blocked at the last minute.
Since then, Bale has made just 20 appearances for the club and only two of those came after football’s restart following lockdown.
Speaking before Wales’ UEFA Nations League fixtures with Finland and Bulgaria, Bale talked to Sky Sports News in an exclusive interview and said: “I think everyone knows how much I love coming away with Wales. It’s nice to be back at a place where you are a little bit more appreciated and supported by your fans no matter what.”
Bale is frustrated that several attempts to leave Spain have been blocked by the club and says his future is in Real Madrid’s hands with two years left on the contract he signed in October 2016.
“If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I’d look at for sure,” he added.
“We’ll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands.
“I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn’t materialize.”
“There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they’ve done something. It’s down to the club” he said.
“I want to play football, I am still motivated to play football, so I guess it’s on the club. They are in control of everything. I have a contract, all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully, something comes up” explained Bale.
“I am only 31 still but I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give. We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult to be honest” he concluded.