Stan Collymore has told The Sunday People (7/3; page 56) that Gareth Bale should consider retiring from club football at the end of the season as he expressed his doubts about the forward being at Tottenham Hotspur once again next season.
Bale’s future has become a talking point with the Welshman starting to find form after a tough start to life back in North London.
The 31-year-old has scored four goals and provided three assists in his last five appearances. And the flashes of brilliance that evoke memories of the Bale that left for the Spanish capital have become a little more frequent.
His form has opened the door for Bale staying at Spurs for another year. The Daily Mirror reported this week that he would be open to agreeing another loan or signing permanently if his Real Madrid deal is torn up.
Surprisingly however, Collymore has speculated that playing for Wales is Bale’s one true passion. And thus, he claimed that he could see the attacker deciding to bring the curtain down on his club career this summer.
“I’m not as convinced as some people seem to be that Gareth Bale will still be a Tottenham player next season, and I’d love to hear from him what’s next,” he told The Sunday People (7/3; page 56).
“What might be a good shout is for Bale to work out a severance deal with Real Madrid, where he’ll still have a year left on his contract in the summer and retire from club football, but speak to the Welsh FA about being a player-coach with the national team.”
It would be a huge shock if Bale announced his retirement from club football this summer. He has waited so long to get back playing regularly.
He has now had a taste of it back at Tottenham. So he is surely not going to want to walk away from that as soon as this summer.
Admittedly, there may be stumbling blocks put in front of Bale in the coming months. If Spurs decide against trying to keep him, there may not be too many clubs who have both the interest and funds to make their move.
But if Bale can build on his recent run, there looks to be every chance that Tottenham will look to keep him for another year.