Gareth Bale came close to leaving Real Madrid during the summer, but a move never came to fruition and he remained a Los Blancos player, despite his own manager expressing his wishes for the player to leave.
There were talks of a move back to the Premier League for the Welshman, with tenuous links with a return to his former club – Tottenham Hotspur – being mentioned. Now, according to BBC Sport, he is angry and wants to leave for the first time since he joined.
The closest Bale came to actually departing the Spanish capital, though, was when he almost joined Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning on a three-year deal worth a reported £1m-a-week – a move blocked by Real as the club wanted a transfer fee for their British import (via BBC Sport).
Amid a deeply concerning injury crisis at the Bernabeu during the opening two months of the campaign, which has seen manager Zinedine Zidane contend with a staggering 13 injuries to members of his first-team squad, Bale was integrated back into the fold at Madrid.
The 30-year-old has scored twice in seven outings for Los Blancos as they have risen, somewhat unconvincingly, to the top of the La Liga standings this season.
He was however left out of the club’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League last week, before returning to Zidane’s starting-eleven for the 4-2 win over Granada on Saturday afternoon.
Now, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that Bale is once again desperate to leave the La Liga titans.
“Gareth Bale is fed up,” said Balague. “He can do this no longer. At a time when he began to stand out, knowing that as he plays matches his fitness would be sharpened, he suddenly had to watch the game against Bruges in the stands. Nobody knows why.” (via BBC Sport).
Bale’s situation at Madrid is extremely bizarre. After all the success he has won at the club since arriving in 2013 – which has included winning four Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and three Uefa Super Cups and Club World Cups with the Spanish giants – his treatment by manager Zinedine Zidane during the summer has seemingly pushed him to the edge.
Even this season, Bale has contributed with two goals and two assists, making it clear that he is still a useful asset for the team in the attacking third. However, it is clear that he is not valued at the Bernabeu, making his wishes to depart the club more than understandable.
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