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Gareth Bale: A player at the crossroads

John Reid September 3, 2020
Gareth Bale: A player at the crossroads
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Gareth Bale has certainly had an interesting last few years at Real Madrid.

One day you are scoring one of the best goals ever seen in the Champions League final. The next, you are out of the side, rarely if ever picked by the manager, and play little part in Madrid regaining the league title.

It is fair to say that Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane isn’t the biggest fan of Bale.

Last season he made only 20 appearances for Madrid, with only two of those coming after football restarted.

Madrid thrived without player

Zidane’s decision can’t really be argued with though. With Bale out of the side they went on a winning run and won La Liga.

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Now we wait and see what the future holds for the player. Whilst on international duty with Wales, Bale told Sky Sports that he would be open to a return to the Premier League, but that Madrid will make the final decision.

Interestingly, Bale claims in the interview that he was close to leaving Madrid last season. However, the Spanish side stopped the deal going through.

The player seems to be at a bit of a crossroads. Naturally he would like to play more football. However, the wages he currently earns at Real Madrid and the fact that he still has two years of his contract left are a problem.

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Few teams could pay the fee that Madrid would want for him. That is an issue that Bale will be hoping is sorted before the transfer window ends.

A welcome addition to Premier League

There is no doubt that Bale would be welcome addition to the Premier League. He would enhance practically every squad in the division. It remains to be seen though if he will return to England.

Perhaps a loan deal is more realistic, as with the future uncertain team may well struggle to pay the fee Madrid would want. Even a loan deal would require a huge outlay of cash though.

For now then, it looks as if Bale will need to be content with being a talisman for his national team Wales.

Only time will tell if he gets to play a similar role for a club side any time soon.

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John Reid is an experienced journalist, specialising in Scottish football for a number of years.