Gareth Bale didn’t live up to expectations: Calderon

Ramon Calderon says that Gareth Bale hasn’t been able to justify a place at Real Madrid as the Welsh winger continues to be linked with a departure.

Gareth Bale is definitely in quite a pickle with his playing career potentially on the line. The Wales international didn’t have the best of seasons and following the return to Zinedine Zidane at the dugout, the writing is on the wall.

The French tactician has already deemed Bale surplus to requirements. Real Madrid are also looking to sell Gareth Bale but so far, no club has come up with an offer. The player’s hefty wages have definitely come in the way and a former president says that Bale hasn’t lived up to expectations.

And Zidane also hinted that he has no idea what to do with the player.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, honestly,” the French manager said at the end of May when he left Bale on the bench for the final game of the campaign.

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“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best. No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.

“I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”

And Calderon says that though he feels sorry for Bale, he adds that Bale didn’t come good either.

“I feel sorry for Bale but the truth is he didn’t live up to the expectations,” Calderon told talkSPORT breakfast.

Although Bale has found a lot of success in Spain, it is clear that he hasn’t won over the club’s fans or the ownership. And with no club yet to make a serious offer, Gareth Bale may end up staying at Madrid next season.

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