Gareth Bale has spoken out loud and clear. With his future at Real Madrid up in the air, the Welshman took an interview with ‘The Times’ in which he criticised the Spanish press for being overly harsh with him during his spell in the Spanish capital. He then defended Eden Hazard and admitted that would prefer a more relaxed life away from the focus.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will retire after Euro 2020, according to reports.

Bale reportedly was to negotiate a payout with Madrid and call time on his illustrious playing career at 32.

And according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Bale wants to end his playing days after this summer’s tournament and will negotiate a €22million payout with Real – around £19m.

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 seasons 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 only 20 Premier League games.

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

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

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 bossbetween 2013 and 2015, putting in outstanding performances in the 2014 Champions League and Spanish Cup finals.

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

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