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Gareth Bale to RETIRE after Euro 2020 and negotiate £20million payout with Real Madrid to cancel final year of contract


WALES star Gateth Bale will RETIRE after Euro 2020, according to reports.

The Real Madrid star reportedly was to negotiate a payout with the club and call time on his illustrious playing career at 32.

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Gareth Bale has just endured a difficult season at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho

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Gareth Bale has just endured a difficult season at Tottenham under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Bale wants to call time on his career after this summer’s tournament and will negotiate a €22million payout with Real – around £19m.

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The 31-year-old, who celebrates his birthday next month, is said to only find joy in playing for Wales after a tricky couple of years in club football.

He managed just 16 LaLiga appearances for Real during the 2019-20 campaign as he fell out of favour with manager Zinedine Zidane.

The Welshman had been hoping to rejuvenate his career on loan at former side Tottenham this term – but featured in 20 Premier League games.

Bale has achieved more than most in the professional game – winning four Champions League titles – and his existing contract expires next summer.

The fresh rumours come a month after reports about the ex-Southampton star wanting to quit football at the end of his Real deal emerged.

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Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos are Real Madrid's top earners
Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos are Real Madrid’s top earners

Bale may still see a future in the game as his former manager Carlo Ancelotti has been reappointed at the Bernabeu.

The winger flourished under the Italian boss between 2013 and 2015, putting in outstanding performances in the 2014 Champions League and Spanish Cup finals.

Ancelotti is a huge fan of Bale and could be key to keeping his desire to play alive.

The returning Real boss told the press at his unveiling: “I have a lot of love still for Gareth Bale, Isco, Marcelo… They will have motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.

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“Eden Hazard? He’s a top player, he’ll show his skills. Hazard and Bale can be so important for us.”

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