The future of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid has been dominating the headlines over the past few days and magnified when he was left on the bench for Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Betis (BBC).
Bale walked off without acknowledging the home supporters following the loss at the Bernabeu which has further increased the speculation about his future.
The Welshman moved to Spain from Tottenham in 2013 for a then world record transfer fee of £85million (BBC) and has gone on to win the Champions League on four occasions with Los Blancos.
Former Madrid chairman Ramon Calderon believes that the Welshman’s stint with the Spanish giants is over with it ‘impossible’ for him to stay beyond this season.
Calderon told the BBC: “Zidane is not keen on him; it is a relationship that will come to an end,”
“It seems it was his last game for Real Madrid,” he added.
“Zidane, last year when he left, he thought it was imperative to keep [Cristiano] Ronaldo and to sell Bale and they decided not to do that.
“It seems it is impossible for him to be here… because of the coach and the relationship with the fans. They think he is not committed and that is a problem.
“The best thing for him is to move. He should take the opportunity if there is one.”
Bale, who turns 30 in July earns a staggering €18m net annual salary at Madrid which would certainly make it difficult for any new employers (Guardian).
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a potential loan move for the attacker (The Sun) with Calderon suggesting that Madrid could be forced to accept a low offer to get him off the payroll.
He added: “Maybe he will go on loan. It is a problem when the coach and player do not get along, you have to look at every option to find a solution,”
“The problem is the salary it is a high salary. He has not been lucky at Madrid since the beginning. Fans thought for the money he would be better than Cristiano and that was really impossible.
“It is a divorce that is difficult to solve. They will find a loan or a transfer for perhaps a low amount of money.”
There is no disputing that quality that Bale possesses, we have all seen him light up more than one game during his time at Spurs, however, the salary he now commands will prove to be near impossible for Daniel Levy to accommodate.
Spurs are a different side on and off the pitch to the one which Bale departed from and it seems unlikely that Levy would spend such high amounts of money on a player who will be 30 and prone to injuries.
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