By Tom ClarkA postcard sent to the former England and Wales international has been discovered in a locked cabinet in a London flat.

It has been dated September 11, 2015 and was sent by Gareth Bale to his brother Jonathan, who lives in Liverpool.

The postcard, which is now a missing person’s case, says “Gareth Bale is playing for Tottenham Hotspur” in the first line.

Jonathan Bale said his brother had been at the team’s training ground on the night in question.

“I’m a little bit of a hoarder but it’s been a while and we’re going to find out what happened and get him back,” he said.

Jonathan said Gareth had never left Liverpool and his brother was “totally distraught” over the matter.

“Gareth is a big fan and he’s been in London with us all the time for a long time.”

He always sends me the postcards when we’re in the city.

“They just always get stolen, but they’ve come to my attention and it’s just heartbreaking.”

It’s not something you expect to happen to you, especially when you’re one of the most popular players in the world.

“We’re still trying to piece together what happened but we’re hopeful that we’ll get it sorted soon.”

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the body.

Jonathan was contacted by the coroner, who said the postcard was “not an item of genuine value”.