When Real Madrid and Gareth Bale decided to part ways briefly in 2020, both sides did so with compelling reasons and conviction.
The start of Bale's second stint at Tottenham began badly with an injury that kept him on the sidelines until the fifth Premier League matchday and it was not until matchday 24 (February) that he made more than two consecutive appearances.
Bale has made no secret in the dressing room that he intends to push his fitness to the limit, always putting the European Championship first.
And the 31-year-old has also made no secret of his intention to return to Los Blancos this summer to complete the remaining year of his contract at the new Santiago Bernabéu and then retire from football, as reported in some newspapers.
So for now, the Bale's mind is not focused on another adventure when his time is up at Madrid at the age of 33.
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It remains to be seen if the Welshman hangs up his boots in 2022, but whatever happens, Bale will be first focused on Wales in next month's European Championship.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago