The 32-year-old seemed ready to leave Los Blancos after the deal ended, and Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said last month that Bale wanted to “finish the club on a high note”.
While Madrid recently completed their 35th league title, Bale’s role in this success was virtually non-existent: the former Tottenham man has made just seven appearances all season in all competitions, in just 290 minutes.
Bale has won four Champions League titles over a nine-year period in the Spanish capital, scoring three goals in the final (one against Athletic Madrid in 2014 and two against Liverpool in 2018).
However, he has angered the club’s fans since he hoisted a flag with the slogan “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”, after helping his national team qualify for Euro 2020, and was named ” parasite “in the Spanish sports daily Marca earlier this year.
Bale remains a key figure for his country, scoring a double in Wales ’2-1 qualifying win over Austria in March to put them within one win of the tournament in Qatar, and Barnett says the outcome of the June Dragons’ match against Scotland or Ukraine will lead to any decision on the future of the player.
He also hinted that Bale could return to England next season, returning to Tottenham on loan for the 2020-2021 campaign.
“Gareth will leave Real Madrid, but we need to wait for what Wales can do,” Barnett told the Portuguese newspaper Record.
“It all depends on whether Wales qualifies for the World Cup, then we will make a decision that may be different from whether Wales will go to the World Cup.
“Is he likely to return to England? I think so, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Wales will meet Scotland or Ukraine on June 6 in Cardiff for a place in the World Cup, where they will meet England after reaching Group B.