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Gareth Bale walks out of interview after Wales lose 4-0 to Denmark at Euro 2020

Wales captain Gareth Bale sounded off on his side’s resounding defeat against Denmark in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

But the Real Madrid man ended the post-match interview on a sour note as he walked away when asked about his future.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Wales’ 4-0 defeat by the Danes, Bale shared his take on Wales’ performance and admitted that the night was a huge disappointment.

“Yeah, of course. Not how we wanted the game to go,” he said. 

“From our point of view, we started very well the first 25 minutes, then conceded a goal and the game changed a bit. 

“I think we came out second half trying to play and and conceded, which I guess killed the momentum on our side. 

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“To finish the game how we did is disappointing, but the boys are frustrated, the boys are angry, it’s understandable. 

“And I’d rather we go out like that, kicking and screaming, than laying off and doing nothing.”

Bale also bemoaned the decision not to award wales a foul on Kieffer Moore in the build-up to Denmark’s second goal as he suggested the referee was swayed by the packed stands full of Danish fans in Amsterdam.

“Yeah definitely, if you play the ball through the back of someone it’s a foul,” he said. 

“I felt like the referee maybe have been influenced by all the supporters here. 

“But I guess it is what it is. There’s no point making excuses now. It’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“We missed an opportunity but what we can’t fault is the effort the boys have shown, and that’s the minimum requirement from the squad and I’m proud of them all, still.”

But, when Bale was asked about his international future, the skipper turned and walked away.

It was the final statement of frustration after a frustrating night for Bale, who struggled to influence the game in Wales’ favour as Denmark ran out clear winners.

Bale’s international future has been a topic of much speculation, with the Real Madrid star helping usher in an exciting new era for Welsh football during his career.

But there have been suggestions he could hang up his boots, at international level at least, after Euro 2020.

But the delayed running of the European Championships means the World Cup is only 18 months away, and former Wales skipper Ashley Williams is hopeful that, once the disappointment has subsided, Bale can be persuaded to stay on to lead the young Welsh side through qualification and, hopefully, into the World Cup finals.

“What I think he has done is lead a group of young players without any experience of playing at a major tournament and got us out of the group stage,” he said.

“In the situations we needed him to step up in, he stepped up in, he did exactly what he needed to do as the captain of the team.

“This is Gareth Bale, so warm, friendly and welcoming. Our little traditions when they have to sing, he keeps that going.

“For Wales, as a team and a nation, we want to see him at a World Cup”

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Gareth Bale takes cheeky dig at Aaron Ramsey as Wales close in on Euro 2020 knockout stage

Bale was also grateful to play in front of a crowd in Baku and paid tribute to the small number of visiting Welsh fans.

He said: “Yeah [the atmosphere] actually helped because playing in front of no fans is difficult to get your adrenaline going and really push to get to the levels that you need to get to.

“So the fans were fantastic, I know most of them were Turkish, but the Welsh fans were incredible again.

“There weren’t many but they made it loud and they made us keep going.

“They’re the Red Wall, obviously we want to thank the fans at home for supporting us as well and I’m sure they’ll be cheering in their millions tonight.”

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Gary Lineker mocks, then hails, Gareth Bale after Wales' win over Turkey in Euro 2020

But he was left with his head in his hands after smashing his effort high over the bar.

Lineker poked fun at Bale’s effort by tweeting: “Bale went all Welsh rugby with that penalty.”

However, Bale was clearly keen to make amends for his missed penalty and almost scored with a strong header down low, only for Ugurcan Cakir to keep his effort out.

Bale continued to impress with the ball at his feet and was in no mood to keep the ball in the corner deep into stoppage time.

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Gareth Bale raises major transfer question as Wales are held by Switzerland at Euro 2020

It was a quiet afternoon for Bale in Baku as Wales struggled to break down Switzerland throughout proceedings.

His most notable contribution was a free-kick delivery on the half hour mark which drifted out of play, with no one able to make a connection with the cross into the box.

The 31-year-old was the star of the show for Wales at Euro 2016, scoring three goals and providing one assist as the Dragons shocked the footballing world by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

But Bale showed no signs of grabbing the game by the scruff of its neck as he did at the previous tournament, with Daniel James offering more of a threat throughout the game.

October 2019 was the last time that Bale scored for his national side, a further reminder that the influence of the Wales captain is on the decline.

Potential buyers will not have been inspired by this display and could be having second thoughts over considering a deal.

Madrid will be keen to shift Bale out of the club this summer, the question is whether or not the interest will be there.

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Ryan Mason drops Gareth Bale Man City hint as Tottenham boss takes jab at Jose Mourinho

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And with Mason unclear whether or not he will have star striker Kane to call upon at Wembley this weekend, the stand-in manager has indicated Bale will be in his starting line-up against City.

“Listen, Gareth’s an exceptional player, he’s had an exceptional career,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Especially when you don’t have Harry in the team you need someone who can produce moments in the final third. That was the decision for Gareth today, and thankfully he’s repaid that, the effort he’s showed and the quality for the finish was absolutely outstanding.”

After Spurs were dumped out of the Europa League last month, Mourinho demanded “a completely different attitude” and it is thought his public criticism of his players was a huge reason behind his dismissal.

The Portuguese tactician even held four-hour talks with the Spurs squad after being axed as he told the team in honest fashion what he made of their recent performances.

Yet in spite of such comments from Mourinho, Mason declared that he was delighted with the character and mentality of the Spurs squad as they came from behind against Southampton – with many feeling the club’s recent woes owe more to the sacked manager than anything else.

Real Madrid transfer plan as Bale sale eyed to fund Mbappe and Haaland

Real Madrid will look to offload numerous first-team players including Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane in order to fund bids for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain.

Los Blancos – who sit second in La Liga – remain in pursuit of a double this season after reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool.

But Santiago Bernabeu chiefs have already turned their attention to the summer transfer window, when they hope to reinforce Zinedine Zidane’s squad with marquee signings.

Real Madrid are long-term admirers of Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe – and they are planning on making bids for both stars.

Zidane hopes to free up transfer funds by offloading Bale
Zidane hopes to free up transfer funds by offloading Bale

That’s according to Marca , which claims the Spanish giants are willing to make offers for both superstars-in-the-making so long as their clubs will entertain transfer talks.

The report adds Haaland and Mbappe have expressed an interest in joining Real Madrid, although it seems highly unlikely the club will be able to finance two huge-money bids this summer due to their debts which total £770million.

Long-serving players Marcelo and Isco are free to leave
Long-serving players Marcelo and Isco are free to leave

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Los Blancos have already pursued a cut-price option by reportedly agreeing terms to sign David Alaba at the expiry of his Bayern Munich contract this summer.

And they are resigned to needing to sell players to make room in the squad and free up funds for transfers.

The report in the Madrid-based newspaper claims Gareth Bale – currently on loan at Tottenham – is one of many players who is free to leave.

Elsewhere, Manchester United-linked Raphael Varane could depart for a fee in the region of €70million (£61m).

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Bale has wages of £600,000 per week, while fellow big-earners Marcelo and Isco are also surplus to requirements.

The same goes for fringe players Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic.

But there are some players Real Madrid consider untouchable, including Thibaut Courtois, Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema.

Martin Odegaard – currently on loan at Arsenal – will also stay, alongside his fellow talented youngsters Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo.

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Gareth Bale confirms Real Madrid return plan as Tottenham transfer plunged into doubt

Gareth Bale has made it clear he intends to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season, in a shock turn of events. The Welshman has given a significant update on his future while away on international duty, in which he outlined his ambition to head back to Spain at the end of the season in a major blow for Tottenham.
Spurs brought Bale back to north London last summer on loan but the move was expected to be the end of the road for the forward in Madrid.

Yet now he’s hinted that he does not intend to make his Tottenham move permanent at the end of the season, something that is unlikely to go down well with Jose Mourinho.

“It’s no distraction for me coming into the Euros,” Bale said, when asked to clarify his future.

“The original plan was only to do a season at Spurs, then after the Euros, I’ll still have a year left at Madrid and my plan is to go back. That’s as far as I’ve planned to be honest.

It was previously reported that Bale would be open to extending his Tottenham loan until the expiry of his contract.

But now he appears to have poured cold water on the idea, just two days after he was unused substitute in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Real Madrid would have to continue subsidising his pay packet should he remain with Spurs next season.

However, Daniel Levy would be taking a percentage of Bale’s bumper wages off their books.

Bale is not the most popular figure amongst Real Madrid supporters, who have continuously scrutinised his love for golf. He was even jeered inside the Bernabeu last season.

But it appears Bale is not ready to give up on his Real Madrid career just yet, even if it means sitting on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.

The winger finally looked to have turned the corner and put his injury troubles behind him earlier this month, when he netted braces against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Mourinho even claimed he’d broken a psychological barrier as he praised his revived danger man.

“It is not that we have challenged him or anything,” Mourinho told AS. “We have only supported him.

“I found psychological scars in him. When you are a couple of seasons with many injuries, the important thing is not only the muscular scars, but also the psychological ones, which bring fear and instability.

“There is a moment when you are working well and when everyone around you is supporting you to the maximum. At that moment the psychological barrier is broken. And he has done it. It was him, not us.”

Tottenham to be offered permanent Gareth Bale deal as Real Madrid eye Kylian Mbappe swoop

Bale scored twice in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley to take his tally to four goals in four games – in a spectacular return to form after a patchy first four months of his loan from Real.

But Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is now ready to plead with Wales to go easy on Bale in their World Cup qualifying games at the end of this month – to protect the 31-year-old.

The Welsh star will still have a year left on his Bernabeu contract at the end of this season – but Real want to clinch a permanent deal with Spurs and get his £600,000-a-week wages off their books.

Real want to put the funds together for an £135million move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the summer – and letting Bale go would bolster finances.

Wales face Belgium away in their opening World Cup qualifier on March 27, then meet Mexico in a friendly three days later, and finally face the Czech Republic in another qualifier on March 30.

Before that, Spurs face Fulham on Thursday, Crystal Palace on Sunday and Dinamo Zagreb at home in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, before the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday March 14.

They then face the second leg against Zagreb and a trip to Aston Villa before the international break.

Mourinho said last week: “Our players are going to be on a 10-match run in March, which is crazy. Seven for the club plus three for national teams.

“Gareth is a player we need to take care of. He is playing all the minutes that he can and that we feel are good for his evolution.

“I want to play him on Thursday and Sunday, and next week against Dinamo – but I don’t think I can.”

Tottenham’s last 16 Europa League tie against Zagreb was switched by UEFA on Monday night to avoid a clash with neighbours Arsenal, so Mourinho’s team will now play the home leg first next Thursday.
Spurs and Arsenal, who face Greek club Olympiakos in their last-16 tie, were both due to play their first legs away on March 11 and the second leg at home a week later, with the north London derby at the Emirates sandwiched in between.

As domestic cup winners, Arsenal’s tie takes priority, so Tottenham’s game has been reversed, leaving them without a trip overseas ahead of the potentially pivotal derby.

Bale, who had only started two league games before Sunday, has had a series of niggling injury problems – with Mourinho at one point criticising the Welshman’s Instagram post for giving a “totally wrong” impression about his fitness.

At that point Bale’s loan spell looked certain to end unhappily – with his agent Jonathan Barnett even at one point suggesting that he was nearing the end of his career.

But he has turned things around and is now back in good rhythm for the north London club.

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On the international stage, in November, Bale played in both Wales’ Nations League games, against the Republic of Ireland, where he played for the full 90 minutes, and Finland, where he featured for 61 minutes.

But the Wales icon sat out the friendly against the USA just before the two Nations League games. Bale has 33 goals so far from his 87 caps for Wales.

His goals in Spurs’ win over Burnley meanwhile took him to 50 English league goals. He has three this term to add to 42 in his previous spell with Spurs and five with Southampton in the Championship.

He joked: Bit of a while between getting it but it’s nice to get it! The most important thing was to help the team.

I have been building up a little bit to get fully fit – felt comfortable and my form is coming back, it’s nice to help the team.

‘He’s BACK!’ Spurs fans delirious as Bale stars for Mourinho’s men in rout against Burnley

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Gareth Bale finally gave Tottenham fans a taste of why they brought him back on loan from Real Madrid as the Welshman inspired Jose Mourinho’s team to victory against Burnley.

Bale showed shades of his very best as he assisted one goal and scored two himself in a 4-0 Premier League win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which keeps Spurs in the hunt for a top-four place.

Making a rare start in the Premier League, Bale rewarded Mourinho’s show of faith after just two minutes when he poked home a cross from Son Heung-min.

The on-loan star then played a sensational long-range pass for Harry Kane, who collected before blasting past Nick Pope in the Burnley net.

Lucas Moura then made it three as he smashed home to put Spurs 3-0 up heading into half-time.

Bale’s work was not done as he curled a superb left-footed effort into the bottom corner 10 minutes into the second half, following good work from Son.

The 31-year-old Welshman’s performance had fans gushing that they were FINALLY seeing the star player they thought they were bringing home when they captured him on loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season.

After a disappointing run of five defeats in their past six league games, the Spurs faithful were also delighted at seeing their team in such free-flowing form.

Manager Mourinho has taken the rap for what has been perceived as an overly defensive approach in recent weeks, and Tottenham supporters were all the more excited to see an attacking line-up which at one stage saw Kane, Son, Bale and Dele Alli all on the pitch at the same time, before Bale made way for Erik Lamela on 70 minutes.

Bale also got on the scoresheet in Spurs’ Europa League victory against Wolfsberger in mid-week, on that occasion firing in another stunning left-footed effort from the edge of the box.

With his well-known fondness for a round of golf, some observers joked that it was perhaps no coincidence that we were seeing a Bale revival after the announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that courses would re-opening next month as the country slowly emerges from lockdown.

Next up for Spurs is a trip to London rivals Fulham on Thursday, and Mourinho and fans will hope that Sunday’s display is a sign that they can once again count on Bale in what promises to be a challenging run-in to the end of the season.