Gareth Bale has been linked to a wide range of clubs this summer, including Tottenham, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, to name a few.

The possibility to re-join Tottenham, for a third time, was on the cards, or even Steven Gerrard at European-chasing Aston Villa. The same at Saudi-backed Newcastle United.

But it seems as though Bale will head to Cardiff City as a free transfer after leaving Real Madrid.

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Jack Wilshere has claimed that the Spurs, Villa and Newcastle transfer target has done that so he can ‘stay fit for the World Cup’ and he has just had ‘enough of football’ and earnt all he could, as he told talkSPORT.

It was put to the former England midfielder that Bale will join Cardiff and earn a minimum £5k-a-week, before appearances, and this is what he had to say about that.  

“That’s someone who just wants to play at the World Cup,” said Wilshere. “He probably has had enough of football. 

“He has earnt all the money in the world. It’s quite a nice story as well, him going back to Cardiff. He obviously is a Cardiff boy, that’s a nice side to it. 

“But it is to stay fit for the World Cup.” 

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WILL BALE RETIRE AFTER THE WORLD CUP?

What will be interesting is what type of contract Bale signs if he puts pen-to-paper at his hometown club. 

There were some suggestions that he would have retired if Wales didn’t reach Qatar – and that could still happen.

On one hand, it would be fitting if he ended his career by representing his country on the biggest footballing stage of them all.

And that for the first time in over 50 years, then bowing out as Wales’ greatest-ever player, dare it be said.

If he doesn’t, and he does sign for Cardiff beyond Qatar, then promotion might well be on the cards for the Bluebirds next season.

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