Bale says WCup qualification will influence his next move

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CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Gareth Bale has said Wales qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar will influence the next stage of his career as he weighs which team to join after leaving Real Madrid.

One thing is certain, however.

“I’m not going to Getafe, that’s for sure,” Bale said on Friday.

This came in response to Spanish club president Angel Torres saying on Wednesday he had been offered the Wales captain by Bale’s agent.

Getafe’s claim was quickly turned down by Bale’s management team and Bale himself played down the move.

Bale has been linked with a move to his hometown club Cardiff, as well as Newcastle and teams in the United States. He leaves Madrid after nine years as his contract expires at the end of the month.

“I will then have plenty of time to go on holiday and decide my future,” said Bale, who helped Wales beat Ukraine on Sunday to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

“For sure it (the World Cup) influences him. I just want to play games to be as fit as possible before the World Cup. Once I start playing regular football again, my body will become more robust and a bit better, rather than going back and forth. It’s very difficult when you’re in and out of a team to have a rhythm in terms of fitness and health.“

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