Real Madrid: Why Carlo Ancelotti’s return is a lifeline for Gareth Bale’s career

Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

Per Fabrizio Romano, Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly going to take over for Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s next manager after the negotiations with Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino have reached a deadlock. Ancelotti’s spent two glorious years at Real Madrid, delivering Los Blancos their 10th Champions League after a long 12-year wait.

The Italian was dismissed abruptly from his duties following a trophyless 2014/15 season. It was indeed a rushed decision then by Florentino Perez to throw in the towel on Carlo after a tough season.

However, Ancelotti has always been open to a return to the Spanish capital and even stated in 2015 following his sacking that he would come back had Florentino Perez wanted him again.

During his time at Real, he built one of the most fearsome attacking trios called the BBC aka Bale, Benzema, Cristiano. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, Ancelotti would return to the Valdebebas with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale at his disposal.

Gareth Bale is a better option for Real Madrid than Eden Hazard

Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid is up in the air of uncertainty. His relationship with Zinedine Zidane crumbled over the years, however, with the Frenchman’s resignation there still seemed to be a cloud of doubt over Bale’s future at the club.

It could all change if Ancelotti is announced as the manager of Real Madrid. Gareth Bale was his ace along with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Under the Italian, Bale played 92 games in two seasons and scored 39 goals and assisted 31 times. That’s a grand total of 70 goal contributions in just 92 games, phenomenal stuff.

He also scored two iconic goals that Carlo will never forget in his career: the Batra chase in the Copa del Rey final and the header in the UCL final in Lisbon to make 2-1 before Marcelo and Ronaldo finished it off.

Yes, it is true that Bale is no longer the same prolific player he was once but his performance this season at Tottenham Hotspur is by far better than any other winger at Real Madrid since 2018.  And, Ancelotti has no bad blood with Bale, if he thinks he’s still got it, which he does after scoring 16 goals for Spurs this season, he will play and make use of him.

I’ve said it many a time and I’ll say it again, Gareth Bale is still a better option to start over Asensio, Vinicius Jr, or even Eden Hazard. Yes, over Eden Hazard, simply because he can deliver on the grandest stage or the most difficult games.

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He has one year left on his contract and a legend like Bale would get a perfect send-off to finish his final season at Real Madrid under the same manager that helped him kickstart his career at the Spanish capital.