Bale admits 'it's nice to get away' from Tottenham amid poor week

Wales star Gareth Bale admits ‘it’s nice to get away’ from Tottenham amid club’s disastrous week which saw them dumped out of Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb

  • Gareth Bale featured in Tottenham’s defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb 
  • Spurs are still in the top four hunt and face a Carabao Cup final next month 
  • Jose Mourinho has come under fire after his side’s humiliating exit in Europe
  • And Gareth Bale has admitted it has been nice to get away from the negativity 

Gareth Bale has welcomed a change of scenery during the international break amid Tottenham’s recent slump in form.

The Wales star played in both the north London derby defeat at Arsenal and the humiliating Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb four days later.

Spurs bounced back at the weekend with a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa to go three points behind Chelsea in fourth and will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month.

Gareth Bale admits it is nice to get away with Wales amid Tottenham’s disastrous week

The club lost to rivals Arsenal and were then dumped out of the Europa League in midweek

But the club are now reliant on a strong end to the season in the Premier League to secure Champions League football, with under-fire boss Jose Mourinho likely to face an uncertain future if his side do not make the top four.

And Bale – whose Wales side face World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Czech Republic either side of a friendly against Mexico – admits the latest break for international fixtures has come at a good time given the negativity around Spurs.

‘I always think when things aren’t going too well at a club, it’s nice to get away, especially mentally get away from the club environment,’ Bale, 31, said.

‘Definitely, it can be a benefit [getting away]. We focus on these games for Wales, which are very important for us. We forget club life and concentrate on this.’

Bale played in the Dinamo Zagreb defeat, which cranked up the pressure on Jose Mourinho

Bale is on a season-long loan deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from Real Madrid after being frozen out by Zinedine Zidane.

But the Wales star insists he does not foresee a permanent deal being arranged between the parties and remains keen on making a return to LaLiga champions Real once he has figured in Spurs’ last 10 games of the season across all competitions. 

‘It’s no distraction for me coming into the Euros,’ Bale added regarding his future.

‘The original plan was only to do a season at Spurs, then after the Euros, I’ll still have a year left at Madrid and my plan is to go back. That’s as far as I’ve planned to be honest.

‘Over the last few years, this is probably the most match fitness I’ve had. I’m feeling fresh and ready to go.’

Bale also insisted he intends to return to Real Madrid once his loan spell at Spurs is over

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