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“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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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 surely 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. Conte’s preferred playing style represents a quite severe stumbling block, but if those things can be ironed out, Bale could make another triumphant return to North London.
At this point, it appears that the most likely outcome for Gareth Bale is a sensational return to his home country to join Championship side Cardiff City.
Frankly, the Bluebirds won’t be able to believe their luck if this deal comes off. Although Bale has clearly reserved his best form for international football for some time, he remains a supremely talented footballer and one that could command a much larger wage than the one that Cardiff will be able to realistically offer.
However, with the World Cup just around the corner, Bale may see his best method of preparation as being in his home city and if he can produce his best form in the second tier, then he’ll be expected to be the best player in the league, which could have confidence flowing ahead of Qatar.
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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