GARETH BALE's next move will not be driven by money – which could open the door to a Cardiff homecoming.
The Real Madrid star, 32, will leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires in the summer after a trophy-laden nine years in Spain.
His representative Jonathan Barnett says the Wales captain will not retire if they qualify for Qatar 2022 and his next club move will be based on a footballing decision rather than cash.
Bale is on a £650,000-a-week contract at Real, but Barnett said: "What Gareth does next is not about money.
"It will be solely about what he wants to do at this stage of his career, where he wants to be.
"Finance will not come into this. He's already extremely wealthy."
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When asked if Bale could join hometown club Cardiff, Barnett replied: "Who knows? We'll look and see in due course. But I repeat there are no options on the table at the moment.
"Cardiff has a lot of plusses. He's from Wales, his family are from there. From a personal point of view it could appeal."
Four-time Champions League winner Bale has already been linked with ex-club Spurs, Newcastle, and MLS clubs including DC United.
But Barnett says the forward's focus is on Real's season finale which includes a Champions League final against Liverpool, and Wales' World Cup qualifier play-off final.
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Barnett told WalesOnline: "We will sit down and go through everything after the Wales matches in June.
"He will then make a decision about the future once he knows exactly where Wales are at.
"There will always be speculation from others, but it's not necessarily informed."
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