He spent the 2020-2021 season at Tottenham on loan. Initially, he struggled under Jose Mourinho until toward the tail end of the Portuguese tactician’s era at Spurs.
Under Ryan Mason who acted as the interim coach of Spurs for the rest of the 2020-2021 season after the departure of Mourinho, the 31-year-old striker gave a very good account of himself to the extent some fans of the club started demanding that his contract should be extended.
However, in an interview he granted towards the end of the just-concluded season, Gareth Bale insisted that he wanted to return to Real Madrid where he still has two seasons left on his contract.
When Carlo Ancelotti was announced as the new manager of Real Madrid after the resignation of Zidane, he said in one of his first sets of interviews that he intends to have Gareth Bale back at Real Madrid.
Bale and Carlo Ancelotti have worked together at Real Madrid during his first era which lasted between 2013 and 2015. During that period, he helped the coach to win a UEFA Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
In a news conference while on international duties with Wales national team, Gareth Bale described Carlo Ancelotti who managed Everton between 2019 to 2021 as a great coach.
He noted how well he and the Italian coach worked together during the coach’s first era at the Spanish side but didn’t reveal whether he was heading back to Madrid or not after the forthcoming European Championship.
He said: “I know Carlo Ancelotti is a great manager. I get on with him well, we had some great times in the past.
“He’s returned to Real Madrid and he’s a great guy. We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I’m sure he’s going to be amazing in charge there.
“I spoke to him when we played Everton at the start of the season, we hugged and had a nice little chat.
“But I’m still in the same boat and haven’t thought about it too much. I’m concentrated on our preparation now and what’s going to happen in the Euros. I’ll sort the rest of it after…
“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.”
🎥 Gareth Bale in training for Wales. 🏴 pic.twitter.com/5qWBsvFp3t— Los Blancos Live (@LosBlancos_Live) June 4, 2021
The Euro 2020 is expected to start on June 11 and end on July 11, 2021.