Bale open to Premier League return

Gareth Bale is open to a return to the Premier League but says Real Madrid are likely to make any exit 'very difficult.'

Bale open to Premier League return
Gareth Bale (Photo: Getty Images)

Bale played a bit-part role in Real Madrid's league triumph last season, featuring for just 48 minutes of Madrid's 12 games when LaLiga resumed.

Zidane accused Bale of not wanting to play in the Champions League tie with Manchester City, but the Wales forward has hit back by saying Real have blocked his attempts to leave in the past.

"I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second," Bale told Sky Sports.

"It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn't materialise. And there have been other instances but the club won't allow it or something, so it's up to the club.

"I want to play football. I'm still motivated to play football. I'm 31 but I'm in great shape still and I feel I've got a lot to give.

"We'll see what happens. It's in the club's hands and they make things very difficult to be honest."

Asked if he would like to return to the Premier League, the former Tottenham star said: "It's not really in my hands. If those options arise, it's something I'd look at for sure."