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Bale announces Real return

Gareth Bale has confirmed that he will be returning to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

And, even if he does not play at all for the Spanish club he is determined that he should be paid the full £31 million a year he is due under his contract which ends in June 2022.

The Welsh captain has spent the current season on loan back at his former club Spurs, who are paying about £250,000 of his weekly wage, with Real subsidising the rest.

However, his return to North London has not necessarily gone as well as either player or club would have liked. He initially struggled for regular game time under Jose Mourinho, and after forcing his way back into the team, he then came in for criticism for his lack of work rate. Bale was one of the players singled out for criticism for his poor defensive contribution in Tottenham’s shock Europa League defeat at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb last week.

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