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Spurs stay or Real return? Bale gives verdict on his future

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The Welshman has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks after initially struggling for form and fitness on Spurs return.

Gareth Bale plans to return to Real Madrid after the end of his Tottenham loan spell in the summer.

Bale’s decision comes as a surprise considering he had lost favor under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, his sour relationship with the Madridistas, and especially considering he has benefited from the return to familiar surroundings.

After initially struggling for form and fitness, the Welshman picked up pace in the last couple of months, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League games.

The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his Real Madrid contract, and he suggests he intends to see out his deal.

“There’s no distraction for me,” Bale told of his future plans speaking ahead of Wales’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium, via Goal.

“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost.

“Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.

“My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”