Every week, the rumors and reports intensify stating this is for certain Gareth Bale‘s last spring at Real Madrid, with the Welshman set to depart after six years.
And yet again and again, Bale’s agent comes out to deny what appears to be nearly fact.
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Speaking to the BBC, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett insisted that Bale is happy and wants to remain at Real Madrid, despite clear disagreements with manager Zinedine Zidane.
“Gareth is 100 percent committed to Real Madrid,” Barnett told the BBC, adding that nothing had changed from Barnett’s recent statement that Bale wanted to finish his career wearing the famous white shirt of La Real.
It’s a surprising twist in a transfer saga that’s had enough to movement to satisfy even the hungriest transfer rumor fans among us. Bale seemed out a year ago, but his outstanding goal in the UEFA Champions League final effectively earned him another season at the Santiago Bernabeu, especially with on-field rival Cristiano Ronaldo gone to Juventus and Zidane deciding to resign before the summer.
And yet, Bale never lived up to the lofty expectations, and he’s certainly been present for some of the club’s most embarrassing results.
Bale has scored just 11 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions, as Real Madrid look set to fail to finish in the top two, as well as nearly 20 points behind Barcelona in what’s been a forgettable season.
Of course, the issue with Bale is that he can’t really move anywhere unless he’s willing to take a paycut, or Real Madrid are willing to offload him for a much-smaller fee than it paid for him. Bale’s depreciated badly and while he could still be world class in a specific system, there’s not many teams who seem built to take advantage of his speed and ability on the wings, along with a good, but not world class finishing ability.
Perhaps he could move back to Tottenham or even Manchester United, though with the latter, he may not be in the UEFA Champions League, which could give him pause.
Either way, expect the rumor mill to keep on churning, and we’ll see which way it turns for Bale in his ongoing transfer saga.