Report: Gareth Bale left without squad number at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale is set to miss out on wearing his iconic number 11 for Real Madrid this season as he returns from his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur (The Sun and AS).

Unfortunately, ever since his return to Madrid for the upcoming 2020/2021 season, the 32-year-old winger has seen the No.11 he has worn since 2013 taken by teammate Marco Asensio.

Although, Bale was unable to have this number last season at Tottenham as it was already held by Erik Lamela. The winger instead was handed the number 9 jersey.

AS have reported that this situation will affect Bale in a negative fashion – specifically regarding the player’s marketing.

The winger will now choose between the number 14 or number 16 to wear for the upcoming campaign. 14 may be available as Casemiro will reportedly take Raphael Varane’s number 5 after his transfer to Manchester United.

Bale’s last season was spent on loan at Spurs while Zinedine Zidane was in charge of Madrid, but ever since Carlo Ancelotti was announced as Madrid manager this summer, it has appeared that the Welshman may stick around in Spain for another year.

SpursWeb Opinion 

Bale’s number 11 is iconic but the winger has more than that to worry about. He has one year left on his contract and after that, his future is up in the air.

Will he retire? It feels like a massive waste but this year for Bale only feels like a ‘filler’ until we find his true intentions next summer.

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