Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive football player in 2013 when he completed his protracted 86 million pounds move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. Gareth Bale played an integral role in his first season at Real Madrid, helping Madrid to win the 2013-14 UEFA champions league, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA club world cup, and the Copa del Rey. The future of Bale continues to dominate the headlines ahead of the summer transfer window. Bale has played a bit-part role since the second coming of Zinedine Zidane and has become a peripheral for Los Blancos under Zidane this season.
What does the future hold for Bale?
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid faithful had hoped that Bale would step into the shoes of Ronaldo and replicate his goal output. Still, Bale has had his injury problems, which have clouded his years at the Santiago Bernabeu. Bale has suffered a series of injuries over the past years, and that has limited his appearances for Real Madrid. Last season, he made just 42 appearances for Real Madrid as they endured a dire campaign, finishing 19 points behind arch-rival Barcelona and surrendering the Champions league crown at the round of 16 stages. Bale was always a regular starter for the big games against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga but now seems to be a thing of the past since the second coming of the French tactician. Last summer, Zidane was openly willing to let Bale leave, and a move to the Chinese Super League almost came to fruition before it collapsed. Zidane does not fancy Bale’s style of play anymore and sees him as a surplus to requirement. This season, Bale has continued to be on the fringes of the Real Madrid squad, the arrival of summer signing Eden Hazard has seen Bale dropped to the bench. The manager also prefers using youngsters like Vinicius Jnr, and Rodrygo Goes ahead of him. Bale, so far, this season, has fallen down the pecking order. Though Bale’s time at Real Madrid has appeared to have been up for some time now due to injuries and inconsistency, he is still a quality player. We only need to refer to the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, how he turned the game in his team’s favor, and scoring two goals to help them lift the cup. His performances in that final only remind fans of his importance. Earlier this year, Zidane insisted Real Madrid will count on the experience of Bale during the second round of the season after handing him a surprise start against Osasuna. Although Zidane has made up his mind to start using Bale, his future at the club is still hanging in the balance. It is no secret that Zidane is trying his possible best to get the services of Kylian Mbappe, one of the most exciting teenagers in world football at the moment. If they are to acquire his services in the summer window transfer, which is most likely, then the future looks bleak for Bale because the French tactician will prefer playing Hazard, Benzema, and Mbappe as his front three.
Where next for Gareth Bale?
Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future could be coming to a close, and he has attracted interest from several clubs across the world. His former team Tottenham were linked with a move to bring Bale back from Madrid during the January winter transfer, but that move didn’t materialize. They will try to get his signature during the summer transfer window because Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is looking forward to adding quality to his side to help him challenge for the League title next season. Another Premier League side linked with a move to sign Bale is Everton. Carlo Ancelotti coached Bale during his tenure at Real Madrid and believes that Bale could help take Everton to another level. Manchester United was keen to sign Bale last summer, but from the way Solskjaer is going about his signings, it will be impossible for them to go for him.
However, anything can happen because, with his experience, Bale could add some bite to the attacking third of Man United. Major League Soccer (MLS) might also be a possible destination. Clubs like the LA Galaxy, who are well-known for signing Superstars, might try to get his services.