The rumours have been speculating for a while now that Gareth Bale could be on his way out of Real Madrid after just a season and a half at The Bernabeu.
The world’s most expensive player is reportedly a target for both Manchester clubs and Chelsea. Bur Bale doesn’t come cheap and Madrid would want at least £90m – surely too much for a Premier League team now that the Financial Fair Play regulations are restricting club’s spending? Out of those apparently interested clubs, only Man City appear to be willing to splash the cash and bend the FFP rules (again).
Bale has made 55 appearances for Madrid thus far, scoring 28 goals in the process. A fine record, but nothing on the #1 player at Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost a little less. Cristiano has 23 goals in 17 games for Los Blancos so far in the current campaign.
The current European champions have essentially built a dream team in recent years, and they’ve never particularly struggled to field a strong squad. The Welshman is certainly a part of that, and so you would expect given how much it cost for Madrid to prise him away from the glamour of north London and the Premier League.
Despite perhaps a small bout of home-sickness, Gareth is surely living the dream, and would be mad to leave?
He’s playing with arguably the world’s best player week-in-week-out, and the rest of his teammates aren’t bad either. In his first season he won the Champions League, something which most players will never accomplish, and he also scored the eventual winning goal. Not bad, eh?
Madrid struggled to balance their domestic campaign along with their European success and consequently finished third. Yet currently they top La Liga and the Welshman will not want to leave Spain without a league title (something which he still doesn’t have to his name).
He’s only 25-years-old, so there’s more than enough time to spend in Spain before returning home to a side who can help him win a Premier League title as well.
For most players it is the dream career move. When Michael Owen left these shores to join Madrid he was at the top of his game with Liverpool and happy there too. Despite that he couldn’t turn down what was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ultimately the move wasn’t a particular success for Owen who was given a bit part role. He then went on to play for Newcastle, Man United, and Stoke – not quite fulfilling the promise that his younger self showed – but he wouldn’t turn down the world’s greatest football team.
The Wales international has already surpassed Owen’s career at Madrid, but that was always going to be the case with the amount of game-time he would get compared to Owen. After all, not even Los Blancos would put the world’s most expensive player on the bench.
Gareth is now also playing under one of the best managers in the world, something which only a move to Chelsea would possibly challenge.
He would be mad to move before spending at least three seasons with them. Then again, if someone is willing to pay even more than Madrid for him, and they accept, he has little to no choice. But as we know, Real are not a selling club by any means, and they can more than hold their own in the transfer market.