Bale is still undecided about the club’s future but categorically rules out a move to Getafe

Welsh striker Gareth Bale will not make a hasty decision on his club future but has categorically ruled out a move to La Liga side Getafe.

Bale will become a free agent at the end of the month when his contract with Real Madrid, where he has spent the last nine years, officially expires.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe and the United States, including Madrid’s Getafe.

Earlier this week, Getafe president Angel Torres claimed the Spanish side have been contacted by Bale’s representatives about a possible transfer.

However, Bale denied this while addressing a press conference that was again dominated by questions about his next career move.

When asked if he was close to making a decision, the former Tottenham man laughed and said: “No. But I’m not going to Getafe, that’s for sure.

“I just want to play to be as fit as possible for the World Cup. The coach says ideally he wants everyone to play and everyone wants to play.”

“Hopefully I can enjoy my vacation and then decide where I want to be and what I want to do to try and play games to be as fit as possible for the World Cup.”

Bale won 16 trophies during his time at Madrid but barely played in the 2021-22 season, which ended with Los Blancos winning a LaLiga and a Champions League double.

He played in seven of Madrid’s 56 games in all competitions – 13 per cent – with just four of those starting XI.

“As soon as I play football normally again my body will be stronger and a little bit better,” Bale said on Friday.

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“It’s very difficult when you’re on and off a team to find a rhythm in terms of fitness and health.

“Any player will tell you that as you play week in and week out your body becomes more resilient, you get used to it and you get fitter. I just need to play games and I’m good to go.

“I think whoever I go to it’s going to be a win-win because hopefully I’m playing well and getting ready.

“Once these internationals are over I will have enough time to go on holiday and then decide on my future.”

Bale inspired Wales to their first World Cup since 1958 with a win over Ukraine in the play-off qualifier last Sunday, ending all talks of early exit.

That 64-year gap is the widest between qualifying for a World Cup tournament by any nation in history, although it is uncertain who will be in charge of Wales in Qatar.

Rob Page has been caretaker since Ryan Giggs resigned following his November 2020 arrest for assault, allegations he denies.

Giggs’ trial is set to take place in August, but Bale believes Page deserves to remain in office.

“I think he’s the long-term manager,” said Bale. “I don’t think there are any questions in the dressing room or from the fans.

“He did an incredible job coming in under difficult circumstances. Everyone with him has a great relationship.

“We have this good mix where we can have a little bit of fun but when we have to work we work hard. We’re doing it right. There’s a great balance. He’s been great for us.”

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