Next club must prepare me for Wales at the World Cup, says Bale

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Gareth Bale has been speaking about his future ahead of Wales' UEFA Nations League game in the Netherlands. Picture: John Smith/FAW.
Gareth Bale has been speaking about his future ahead of Wales' UEFA Nations League game in the Netherlands. Picture: John Smith/FAW.

GARETH Bale has admitted that he will prioritise being able to prepare for this winter’s World Cup when deciding on his next club.

The forward is yet to make a decision on his future, but has set out that he is more concerned about having opportunities to play before November’s tournament than he is about the standard of football.

Bale made just four starts for Real Madrid in his final campaign at the Bernabéu, and has been linked with a sensational move to home-town club Cardiff City, as well as a return to Tottenham and moves to Newcastle and to MLS.

“It’s something I guess I need to sit down and go through,” Bale said on his future ahead of Wales’ Nations League tie in Holland.

“Not just with my family, but with the manager here (Page), with the physios here that we use, to see what would give me the best chance of being fit come November and December.

“I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game.

“I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. I guess it’s a conversation to be had.

“I need time to think what’s the best move for me, my family, my kids, and hopefully we’ll sort that over the summer. I have options.

“I’m happy with what I’ve done in my career, if you had offered me 10 per cent of it at the start I would have taken it.

“I was just a kid from Whitchurch so I feel I’ve over-achieved.

“My focus has just been on qualifying for the World Cup and now I’m trying to get ready for that. My next move will be massively important as I want to go into the World Cup ideally having played games.”

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