As doubts continue to persist over Gareth Bale’s future, it’s time to check out where the out of favour Real Madrid star could head next.
It’s been another season to forget for Gareth Bale, having slipped further down the Real Madrid pecking order. The question is how much longer can he withstand this treatment?
Zinedine Zidane no longer rates the 31-year-old and has only used him sparingly this term. In fact, the coach stated last summer ‘it would be best for everyone’ if he left. So this turn of events isn’t so surprising.
But while Bale is reluctant to part with his lucrative salary in the Spanish capital, his career cannot continue taking so many blows. Only 29 minutes of football have come his way since restart, and pretending to sleep during the club’s 2-1 win at Granada has only made things worse.
“The only solution is for Bale to leave Real Madrid,” former teammate Dimitar Berbatov told Betfair.
“If I was a Real Madrid fan and saw a player disrespecting the team like that, it would be too much.”
So let’s check out the four potential destinations for the Welshman this summer.
The possibility of Bale returning to Spurs can never be ruled out, especially with Jose Mourinho as manager. The Portuguese is a long-time admirer of the Welshman’s. He even confessed that he tried to sign him for Real Madrid.
Mourinho even refused to rule out a move for the winger last December following Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Moreover, Bale expressed his approval towards his old club’s decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with a proven serial winner like Mourinho.
“Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he is a serial winner,” he told BT Sport. “If Tottenham want to win trophies, then I don’t think there is a better partnership.”
Whether Spurs can offer Real Madrid a satisfying offer remains another thing, though. It’s also uncertain if Bale is prepared to take a big pay cut to return to north London.
David Beckham’s MLS franchise, Inter Miami, is up and running in 2020.
The task now lies in building a team capable of winning the MLS, and who better than Bale to lead the charge? It could be a win-win scenario for both club and player.
As a marquee signing, Bale will bring home a nice salary and can play away from the spotlight in Europe. The only obstacle could be on whether he wishes to continue playing for the Welsh national team.
Although Ryan Giggs would surely prefer a happy and fit Bale in his squad, and Beckham would do his part to ensure a smooth transition.
LA Galaxy could be another potential club in America for Bale.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly agreed on a £300m sale to PCP Capital Partners (LLP). Backing the venture capital & private equity firm is the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). And while no official announcement has been disclosed, Ashley remains confident.
The news would’ve come as music to Newcastle fans’ ears and English football. After years of disappointment, a new exciting era beckons for the fallen giants. Nobody can expect immediate success, but changes are inevitable.
This could result in a spending spree this summer should the takeover be completed. And Gareth Bale seems to be a top target for the new owners, with rumours claiming they may offer him a similar salary to his Real Madrid one and an important role in the team.
Chinese Super League
It nearly happened last summer, so why can’t it happen now? If Bale wants to keep his lucrative salary, then his most realistic options are China or the United States.
The riches in East Asia has already attracted a host of talented footballers down the years, like Oscar and Marouane Fellaini. And as we already know, Bale has been open to a move to the Chinese Super League in the past.
His agent, Jonathan Barnett, even revealed they got an offer last summer ‘that was impossible to refuse’. He also disclosed that Bale wished to raise the profile of Chinese football and establish a legacy.