Real Madrid: Bale’s incredible summer
Gareth Bale went through a normal day’s training on Tuesday in Valdebebas, despite still being in a position of not knowing where his future lies.
Everyone around him is telling him to leave and it’s a position that he’s been in for a number of months, but he still has three years on his Real Madrid contract, which he plans to see out.
When Bale left for his summer holidays, he did so knowing that Zinedine Zidane had no place for him at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
This had been explained to him before the 2018/19 season ended, and he didn’t play a single minute in the final three rounds of the season.
Real Madrid planned their transfers, and Bale‘s exit was seen as the best way to fund the much-needed signings after a horrible campaign.
But the summer passed and he’s still there.
He arrived on July 8 for training and boarded the plane to Montreal the following day.
It was thought that things would move along in Canada, but the club explained to Zidane that there was a real possibility of a new home not being possible to find.
But then the Welshman was excluded on July 21 against Bayern, with Zidane explaining “he asked not to play because he’s negotiating with another club”.
Jiangsu Suning were that team, but the move fell through at what seemed like the final hurdle.
He returned against Arsenal and scored, but then came the Audi Cup and he was again excluded due to reported medical problems, and he was also left out of the friendly in Salzburg.
Zidane‘s mind changed in Rome, though.
Bale travelled and played, even doing quite well and taking one of the five penalties in the shootout.
Three days before LaLiga Santander returns, the No.11 shirt still belongs to Bale, despite links associating him with a number of clubs – Manchester United, Bayern, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter – but none of them put anything concrete forward.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are left in a state of limbo.
Bale could well depart, and the futures of James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz also need resolving.
The result of their failure to sell means that signings are made more difficult as they need to comply with UEFA‘s rules.
As things stand, they’re 200 million euros in the red, which is at the very limit of what they’ve been advised to spend.