After Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Gareth Bale was expected to lead from the front and the Welshman is certainly making the headlines but not for the right reasons. Bale has cut a frustrated figure in the dressing room having lost his place under Santiago Solari with Vinicius Jr. and Lucas Vasquez being preferred ahead of the former Spurs man. Bale grabbed the headlines again last week after he refused to celebrate his goal and threw Lucas Vasquez’s hands off his shoulders and jogged back to the halfway line. There’s also the speculation that Bale still doesn’t know Spanish despite staying in Spain for almost 6 years now and that he doesn’t socialize with his teammates.
Bale has received criticism from his teammates and has been dubbed “The Golfer” by the rest of the squad. Real Madrid first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois expressed his opinions regarding Bale in the Belgian newspaper HLN, he stated – “It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word””I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining”.
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has had his say in the situation – “This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come. Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves”.He added – “Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The where the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace”.
Gareth Bale has seemingly failed to win over the fans at Real Madrid and while this could be his last season at the Bernabeu, we take a look at where could Bale be playing next season. So, let’s get started.
A return to North London for Gareth Bale might be the last thing Spurs fans would hope for, six years after the Welshman left Spurs for a world-record fee to join Real Madrid which left the fans fuming. There were several reports indicating that the Welsh international refused to play for Spurs after the Blancos made a massive offer, ultimately affecting the team’s morale. However, a move back to Spurs could be on the cards for Bale with Real Madrid’s interest in Christian Eriksen opens up the option of a potential swap deal with Eriksen’s contract running down in 2020 and the Danish playmaker is reluctant to sign a new contract. If Gareth Bale can continue from where he left at Spurs then he can surely help them win their first trophy since 2008. But, will Gareth Bale want to return to Tottenham? And will the fans accept him back? Maybe or maybe not.
Chelsea might be in the market looking for another winger despite signing the American wonderkid Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window. Both Willian and Pedro’s contract run down in the summer of 2020 and the duo could be sold this summer which could restore a portion of the transfer amount the Blues spent on the players a few years back. Chelsea have a policy for players above 30-years of age, handing them only one-year contracts and both winger Willian (30) and Pedro (31) are looking for longer contracts which the West London side are not willing to offer. With Eden Hazard holding out for a move to Real Madrid, there could be a potential swap deal between the two clubs which could see Gareth Bale arriving at Stamford Bridge.However, there are a few obstacles to the deal as Bale turns 30 this summer and Chelsea’s policy won’t allow Bale to get a long-term contract. Also, is an injury prone Gareth Bale the right man to replace Eden Hazard? Time will tell.
Man United are actively looking for a winger in the market and are monitoring the situation of Gareth Bale. The Red Devils are struggling to find the right player to play in the right wing position as the trio of Alexis Sanchez, Jese Lingard and Juan Mata have been struggling to provide any threat to the opposition. While Sanchez is still finding his form, Lingard has spent most of the season on the sidelines and Juan Mata is past his prime. An injury-free Gareth Bale is better than all three combined as he can make things lively on the wings with his pace, width and the ability to hit a long ball. The 29-year old still has a big price tag on his head and Man United will have to sell some big names to fund the signing of the Welshman. Overall, the signing of Gareth Bale could put Man United back in the debate as one of the favorites to win the Premier League next season.
Real Madrid are big admirers of Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe with reports that the Blancos are set to make a huge bid for either of them in the summer. Real Madrid are aware of the fact that either player will cost them above €200 million and Florentino Perez might throw in Gareth Bale in the mix to bring the price down. While there have been whispers that Neymar is unhappy at Paris and wants a move back to Spain, Mbappe has also left the door open for a future move to Real Madrid. Right now, PSG will take anyone who can help them win the biggest competition in football, the UEFA Champions League. So, will PSG reject the opportunity to sign a four time Champions League winner? Absolutely not.
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