Real Madrid Transfers: Club’s stance on Gareth Bale’s future in 2021

Tottenham, Gareth Bale (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Tottenham, Gareth Bale (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) /

10 goals, 3 assists, and a direct goal contribution every 98 odd minutes are definitely good numbers for a winger, especially Gareth Bale, who had two poor seasons at Real Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2018. He had 11 goals in 42 appearances in the 2018-19 season. He has already scored 10 this season in 25 appearances.

He has had an upheaval of sorts in recent weeks, scoring four goals and a further two assists in his last five games for Spurs. José Mourinho even acknowledged a few weeks ago that Bale is “better than ever.”

Sure, he is doing very well for Spurs and might be a fundamental player for Mourinho and Spurs if they are to challenge for a top-four spot.

As good as Bale has been, though, he isn’t in Real Madrid’s plans for next season, according to Madrid-based Spanish publication ‘MARCA.’ The report comes from reliable journalist José Félix Díaz, who claims that Bale’s days as a Real Madrid player are all but over.

Gareth Bale seems to want a return, but Real Madrid do not

That does make sense. Real Madrid – even though not having enough goal contributions from the wingers – need to offload the Welsh forward, who has scored more than all the Real Madrid wingers combined this season. Bale isn’t turning any younger, and he will already be 32 ahead of the 2021-22 season.

I had written a piece stating that Bale might return to Real Madrid. That is exactly what the player himself has in mind. In the press conference ahead of Belgium vs Wales game for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Bale stated that he wanted to be match fit for the Euros, and then the plan was to return to Real Madrid, where he has a year left on his contract.

So Bale wants a return. Fair enough. But his sour relationship with Zidane and the fans will make things extremely difficult. And who’s to say that Bale will give his all to Real Madrid, not to forget his lengthy injury track record?

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While he might not be in Real’s plans, his form at Spurs will surely attract a lot of suitors, making it easier for Los Blancos to get Bale off the wage bill (he costs the club 30 million euros a year). At 32, he is far from finished. If the form he’s shown under Mourinho is anything to go by, he will surely have the world keeping an eye on him, whether it’s for Spurs or some other club. But, it’s safe to say that his Real Madrid journey will not have a second part.