Gareth Bale tipped to start crunch Chelsea clash for Real Madrid in what could be his LAST EVER game on English soil

GARETH BALE could start against Chelsea when Real Madrid visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday – in what could be his farewell to fans in England.

Bale, 32, has made just five appearances for Los Blancos this season with his contract set to expire in the summer.

But he showed good form over the international break with two goals for Wales in their crucial play-off game against Austria, which included a free-kick.

So Ancelotti could call upon the four-time Champions League winner to provide inspiration for his squad, report Football.London.

Bale was put through his paces in Real training this week and missed out against Celta Vigo, with the belief he was rested for the trip to London.

If Bale does feature it could be his final match on English soil.

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It has been rumoured the winger will retire if Wales fail to qualify for the World Cup, with their play-off final match against Scotland or Ukraine set to take place in June.

Should Wales qualify Bale will likely need to find a new club at the end of the season – with the MLS an option.

Another possibility is Italy with Serie A leaders AC Milan said to be interested in the former Tottenham star.

But there is still a chance Bale could return to English football, and the lure of Premier League money or a pull on his heartstrings may be difficult to resist.

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Newcastle have been tipped to sign Bale by Brazil legend Rivaldo and could certainly throw a lot of cash at the superstar.

Alternatively, Cardiff could welcome him back to his home city after Bale fuelled speculation of a move by recently speaking to Bluebirds manager Steve Morison.

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