Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is ready to dig-in until the Chinese Super League market re-opens in November, or until there is a change in coach at the club, according to the Daily Mail.
His astonishing £600,000-a-week wages proved to be the stumbling block when it came to engineering a move away from the Bernabeu, with a move to the lucrative Chinese Super League seemingly the only viable option for the 30-year-old wide man (as highlighted by The Telegraph).
It looked almost a certainty that Bale would leave Madrid after manager Zinedine Zidane made it abundantly clear that the former Tottenham man had no future at the club, though with no suitable offers submitted from China a deal wasn’t made.
Bale now faces the prospect of sitting on the bench until the Chinese Super League transfer window re-opens in November, with 19-year-old Brazilian Vinicius Junior firmly ahead of him in the pecking order at the club whilst under Zidane’s management. Back in May going into a game against Villarreal, the Frenchman gave Bale the chop from his squad while including Vinicius.
The only thing now that would probably revive Bale’s career in Madrid is if the club sacked current boss Zidane and brought in a new head coach.
Madrid have shipped 18 goals in seven of their friendly matches this summer, winning only two of those warm-up fixtures. They were humiliated by fierce rivals Atletico Madrid last month, losing 7-3 to Diego Simeone’s men at the International Champions Cup, and found themselves beaten on penalties by Serie A titans Roma in their final friendly match on Sunday evening.
Zidane will be under immense pressure to deliver results this season after Madrid endured one of their worst ever campaigns last time out, finishing third behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on just 68 points. They were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barca and humbled by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Should Madrid continue with their poor form when their league campaign starts this weekend, Zidane will surely be shown the exit door given the club’s recent history with managers. Last season, Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were both given the axe, a reminder of Florentino Perez’s ruthless regime at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Indeed, this could provide Bale with a lifeline and an opportunity to get his career back on track in Madrid.
However, should Zidane pick up the necessary results, he will surely remain in the hot seat at the Bernabeu, which could make a move to China in November a possibility for Bale again.
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