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Is Gareth Bale Leaving After This Season? What You Need To Know

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale, a star forward for Real Madrid, is considering retiring from professional football if Wales fails to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

According to reports, Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale is considering retiring from professional football if his country fails to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Bale’s contract with Real Madrid is currently set to expire on June 30, 2022. Currently, Wales must compete in a play-off match against Austria, and if they win, they will face either Scotland or Ukraine in March.

Bale will retire from professional football if Wales does not qualify for the Qatar World Cup, according to David Ornstein’s report in The Athletic. And if they do make it to the prestigious tournament, he will most likely move to a Premier League or Championship club in the summer because he will be without a club. The contract would most likely be for a short period of time in order for him to get regular playing time before the World Cup. Bale has been out of action for the past three months due to injury, and it appears that the Blancos hierarchy does not want to renew his contract.

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Bale addressed the rumours that he was retiring.

There had been rumours that Bale would retire in the past, but the Welshman responded to those rumours while on national team duty in September 2021. “I’ve only been in this year for a few weeks and already you’re asking me questions! To be honest, I haven’t given much thought to anything other than this game (Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus). I’m just thinking about each game as it occurs to me. I’m just trying to take it all in. I want to represent Wales in a World Cup, not just for myself, but for the entire country. I believe it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the country “Bale, as quoted by Goal.com, said at a press conference in September 2021 about his intentions to hang up his boots.

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Bale was then asked if he had ever considered retiring from football, to which he replied that people had made up stories and that he had no plans to do so. Bale stated that he only wanted to focus on the Euros at the time and did not want to explain himself. He claimed that it was better he didn’t say anything at the time because the media would have made a big deal out of whatever he said.

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