Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has hinted he will want to return to the Premier league, but insists current club Real Madrid won’t let him leave.

The forward has been left frustrated in the Spanish capital having been handed a bench-role in recent seasons.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has reduced the player’s playing minutes as he handed the Welshman just 20 appearances in all competitions last season.

Bales 31, insists he has the desire to return to the premier league, but thinks his future really lies in the hands of Madrid.

He was close to joining Chinese club last summer but the deal was blocked by Madrid in the last minutes.

The forward is with Wales on International duty and says he’s happy to return to play for his country where he is being “appreciated.”

“If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I’d look at for sure,” Bale said.

“We’ll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands.

“I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn’t materialise.

“There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they’ve done something. It’s down to the club.

“I want to play football, I am still motivated to play football, so I guess it’s on the club. They are in control of everything. I have a contract, all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully something comes up.

“I am only 31 still but I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give. We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult to be honest.”

Wales takes on Finland today and Bulgaria on Sunday in European Nations league and Bale is focused on those games as he seeks to build on the country’s last Euro’s outing which they finished in the semi finals.


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