Real Madrid’s turbulent relationship with Real Madrid seems as though it should belong in a soap opera rather than the very real footballing world.
The Welsh star has been a huge player for Los Blancos throughout the previous six seasons but has struggled to remain consistently fit during his time at the Bernabeu.
It is those damning statistics that unfortunately overshadow the Brit’s immense talent, though it is worth remembering just how much he has done for the club over the years – including winning four Champions League titles and one La Liga title with Los Blancos (via Transfermarkt).
In the summer it looked as though Bale would move on to pastures new, with manager Zinedine Zidane making it abundantly clear that he felt the 30-year-old should leave the club.
A move to the ultra-rich Chinese Super League looked on the agenda for Bale, who was on the lookout to find a club willing to pay his €17m-per-year salary.
Marca claim that Shanghai Shenhua offered the ex-Southampton trainee €25m per year but were put off when Madrid demanded a transfer fee due to Chinese Super League rules, which stipulates that for every transfer fee that a Chinese club pays, they have to match that figure with a donation to support the development of Chinese football.
With a move off the cards, Bale remained put in Madrid and featured heavily for Los Blancos during the opening stages of the campaign, scoring twice in a 2-2 with Villarreal back in September.
He has since then become unsettled, however, after being left out of the starting XI for the visit of Club Brugge in the Champions League earlier this month, with it being reported by Marca that Bale’s agent – Jonathan Barnett – is now once again trying to renegotiate with clubs in China over the potential transfer of his client.
The report claims that Madrid will now not ask for a transfer fee for Bale if it means ridding his colossal salary off of the wage bill, making a move to the CSL next year seem possible.
Bale has talent in abundance, you only have to look at his goal record to know that. But you do feel as though the damage is irreparable for him at Real. The club are resentful over his constant lack of fitness and even though it is not the player’s fault, it is somewhat understandable to see why when you consider the amount of money he is on.
The Wales international reportedly feels under-appreciated at the club and has become isolated from the rest of the squad in recent months, so maybe severing all ties and moving on to a fresh challenge elsewhere is the best thing for him in 2020.
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