Gareth Bale is on the verge of entering the final months of his contract and as per reports, he might opt to hang up his boots.
Bale has now entered the final six months of his deal at the Bernabeu for the club. The Madrid management has made it clear that there will be no contract extension for him.
The 32-year-old has been suffering this term yet again due to a calf and knee injury along with COVID. He has been able to make only three appearances in the 2021-22 La Liga season, scoring a goal.
The Welshman spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur where he scored 16 goals in 35 appearances. The former Tottenham Hotspur man has scored 106 goals and 67 assists in 254 appearances for Real Madrid.
He went on to win four Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles, and one Copa del Rey since his arrival in 2013.
According to The Athletic, Bale might consider retiring as a professional footballer if Wales fails to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Wales has failed to directly qualify for the World Cup through direct qualification. So, in order to qualify for the tournament, they have to go through the playoffs.
Wales must first defeat their semi-final rivals Austria before taking on Scotland or Ukraine in the final.
If Rob Page’s men ultimately make it to the World Cup, Bale might look to pen a short-term contract with a club. Meanwhile, it is expected that Madrid won’t offer any short-term deals to the Welshman who is well past his peak.
In that case, Bale might sign for a small club in order to remain in contention and fitness for his country. However, if Wales fails to qualify, then Bale might seriously consider hanging up his boot for once and for all.