Premier League champions Chelsea are trying to sign Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale, according to reports.
It has been reported that the Blues are a step closer to securing an £80million transfer for the star who has been struggling both on and off the pitch. The 25-year-old has become isolated as his teammates have been getting more frustrated at the language barrier in the dressing room.
Although coach Carlo Ancelotti and key player Cristiano Ronaldo can speak English, the rest of the squad prefer to communicate in Spanish, which appears to have left the Welshman feeling lonely at the club.
Bale has gone from being the top of the food chain at Tottenham to becoming an endangered species at Real Madrid. The constant boos he receives from fans and his struggle to find form may have left him wondering whether a return to the Premier League would be a good move.
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Many believe he does not fit in at Real Madrid because he is not big and brash. Bale has always been a quiet boy off the pitch and is known to be quite shy. When he first joined Martin Jol at Spurs it took him a long time to come into his own. Tottenham went 23 games without a win with Bale in the team and many fans had already turned on him.
The then manager noted that there was a physiological issue that he didn’t believe he was good enough to be there so it is not surprising that he could be feeling the pressure of being the most expensive player ever at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
While he has been great at the Bernabeu, scoring 17 goals this season, he has never felt like one of the main men – Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos are all arguably better players than him and he has never stood up and shown what he can do.
Bale has the potential to be as good as Ronaldo but his confidence has taken a battering from issues off the pitch and the lack of commitment by fans. While the amazing players won’t be there forever, Bale needs to think about his own happiness. There have been many rumours about Premier League clubs hoping to bid for him, including Manchester United and Chelsea.
No matter how loud and outspoken he can be, Jose Mourinho could be the perfect manager for him. He knows how to get the best out of his players and if Bale is seriously considering leaving sunny Spain, it seems like Stamford Bridge is the only place he can go.
The idea of Bale joining the PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard and nominee Diego Costa in Chelsea’s attacking line up is almost unthinkable – they could become invincible.
Bale may be a European champion but he has not been crowned a Premier League champion. It is time for Bale to come back to the London to a league where his talent is appreciated.