Gareth Bale, the Wales striker, has stated that he intends to discuss his future with Real Madrid’s new coach Carlo Ancelotti after the European Championship begins later this month.
Bale is expected to return to Madrid after a season-long loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, but with one year left on his LaLiga deal, media speculation regarding his future has grown in recent weeks.
Ancelotti, who left Everton this week to return to Real Madrid for a second stint as coach, was in charge when Bale was recruited in 2013 and has a good rapport with the 31-year-old.
“I know Carlo’s returned and I get on with him really well, and I’m not denying that, but I’m just concentrating on now,” Bale told Sky Sports.
“I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with him at some point and I’ll go from there when that happens. As soon as the Euros finishes then I’ll go from there.”
Bale won the first of his four Champions League titles under Italian Ancelotti in 2014 and described the manager as a “great guy.”
“We had a great time together at Real, I’m sure he’s going to be amazing in charge there,” Bale added. “I spoke to him when we played Everton at the start of the season, we hugged and had a little chat which was nice.
“But I’m still in the same boat and haven’t thought about it too much. I’m concentrated on our preparation and what’s going to happen in the Euros. I’ll sort the rest of it after.”
Wales will kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Switzerland on June 12 after playing Albania in a friendly later today.