Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes that Gareth Bale leaving the club on loan would be the best result for both the Welshman and the Spanish giants.
Bale has three years left to run on his existing contract at the Bernabeu and is reported to earn a staggering £480,000-a-week (Metro).
The 30-year-old has found himself somewhat out of favour when Zinedine Zidane returned to the club as manager and the situation came to a head following after Madrid’s defeat at home to Betis in the final match of the season, Bale headed straight down the tunnel after finding himself on the bench for the 90 minutes and did not return to applaud the supporters in the lap of honour.
The Sun have previously reported that Bale has been offered to both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in a loan deal that would see the club who take up the option pay a share of his wages.
Calderon believes that the expectation that Bale’s at the time world-record fee when he moved from North London saw him having to out-do Cristiano Ronaldo, which proved to be impossible.
He told Sky Sports: “His situation here is very difficult,”
“It is clear Zidane has discarded him in his mind. He showed that last season by not having him in the starting line-up. It is very disappointing for a player like him.
“Also the problem is the transfer fee. Real Madrid want to get a lot of money for him but I find that difficult.
“Maybe the best thing for everyone would be a loan. The player could recover his confidence on the field and Real Madrid could see his value rise.
“He wasn’t successful here for many reasons – injuries, also the handicap of the money. When he came we paid more than we did for Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“People thought he should be better than Cristiano but that is very difficult.”
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