Gareth Bale Transfer Odds: Dream, realistic and wildcard options

Gareth Bale sees his time at Real Madrid come to an end this summer — where will the Welsh wizard ply his trade next season?

“Wales. Golf. Madrid”

One of the most protracted transfer stories looks set to end this summer when Gareth Bale’s contract with Real Madrid finally comes to an end. Despite being a huge success at the club, Bale hasn’t been wanted by management at the Bernabeu for some time now and the Madrid board will be delighted to have his wages off the books from July. 

Bale has won everything there is to win during his time at Real and leaves the club having scored the winning goals in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2018. His ability has never been in doubt, but the same can’t always be said for his application and there have been questions raised about how much Bale really still wants to be playing professionally.

There will certainly be options available to the Welsh attacker, but let’s examine where he could move in dream, realistic and wildcard scenarios.

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Dream: Tottenham (no odds at time of writing)

There have already been rumours that Bale has signed a pre-contract agreement with his old club, but without any concrete interest a move back to Spurs is still very much the dream option for Bale. 

The wide player has icon status at Spurs and would be welcomed back by the fans with open arms. The club has changed since Bale’s loan last season finished however, with Antonio Conte arriving and instilling a new style of play which would demand a lot of Bale physically. That may not lend itself to the Welshman’s strengths.

Nonetheless, Spurs would be Bale’s ideal destination this summer. It’s a club he knows well, an area he’s comfortable in and he would continue to be worshipped by the fans. Money and playing style represent stumbling blocks, but if those things can be ironed out, Bale could make another triumphant return to North London. 

Realistic: Retirement (no odds at time of writing)

Perhaps the most likely scenario to happen for Bale this summer though is him leaving the game and enjoying retirement. His commitment to football has been questioned for a while now and he may have reached the point where he just doesn’t have his heart in the game.

Wales’ likely qualification for the World Cup could put an end to any retirement plans Bale has, with the winger wanting to lead his nation in Qatar. Wales’ World Cup fate will be decided by the end of March and the outcome of that could be the biggest factor in what Bale decides to do next. 

Even if he doesn’t have a club side, Bale is likely to be selected for the World Cup and he could decide the biggest tournament in world football is the perfect place to end his storied career with his beloved nation.

Wildcard: Rangers (no odds at time of writing)

Rangers have proved they are capable of getting a marquee signing through the Ibrox door and it could be that Gareth Bale is the next name that Gio Van Bronckhorst turns his attention to. 

The standard in Scotland might not be as high as La Liga, but Bale would still be one of the standout players in the league and that could appeal to the forward. His love for golf is well known and, with some of the most beautiful courses being found in Scotland, a move north of the border could be just what Bale is looking for. 

It’s not a particularly obvious transfer, but some of the pieces fit. If the Welsh icon decides that he’d like a relatively stress-free move in the twilight of his career, he could do worse than swapping Madrid for Glasgow.

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Will he stay at Real Madrid?

In a word: no. There looks to be no chance of this happening. Bale hasn’t appeared to be fully committed to the cause in recent years and it’s a feeling that is reciprocated by the club. A new contract being signed would be one of the biggest shocks of the summer.


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