Gareth Bale has poured cold water on a longer stay at Tottenham Hotspur beyond his season-long loan spell.
The Welshman made a sensational return to Spurs in the summer after falling out of favour at Los Blancos under Zinedine Zidane.
Recent weeks have seen Bale go on his most impressive run in his second stint at Tottenham with six goals in as many games across all competitions.
Not many expected Bale to return to Madrid after this season but according to the winger himself, he will return to the Spanish capital at the end of the campaign.
"I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost," Bale said in a press conference ahead of Wales' opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
"Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid," he added.
My plan is to go back, that's as far as I have planned."
Bale dreaming of World Cup qualification
Wales begin their 2022 World Cup qualification against Belgium tonight and Bale - who will lead them out as captain - has said it would be 'amazing' to guide Wales to their first World Cup since 1958.
"Coming into my Wales career the main thing was to play in a major tournament," said Bale.
"We've managed to do that and now to be able to tick everything off the list, it would be to qualify for a World Cup. We want to do that.
"We don't want to just qualify for one or two tournaments but want to keep qualifying and making sure we're pushing Wales in the right direction.
"For me personally, to qualify for a World Cup would be amazing and we want to do everything we can to qualify this time around."