Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has rejected a return to his former club Tottenham Hotspur last summer.
There has been plenty of talks about Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid since Zinedine Zidane has taken over the club. The Frenchman did not enjoy a great relationship with the three-time Champions League winning manager, which eventually made Zidane place him on the transfer list last summer.
The Los Blancos were prepared to listen to offers for Gareth Bale, but Julen Lopetegui’s arrival meant that his plans to move elsewhere hindered because the Welshman was seen as the main man in the frontline. However, there was a one-year loan offer from his former club Tottenham Hotspur which he decided to turn down, as per the Spanish publication AS.
Does Bale want to leave Madrid? No, he wants to retire there! https://t.co/iUZ04eGtyp
— Goal News (@GoalNews) March 14, 2019
There are several reasons why Bale decided to stay at Santiago Bernabeu post last summer. He earns a ludicrous wage of 12 million euro a year at Real Madrid which he would not get at his former club. The Southampton graduate was contemplating the prospect of taking a pay-cut.
Hearing about the flounder on the other side, Real Madrid were even ready to pay the vast bulk of his wages. But, he deemed joining his former club Tottenham Hotspur as a step down. The English club did come for him many times last summer, but he was very reluctant in taking that stride.
Tottenham Hotspur are anticipating a summer move for Christian Eriksen, but the likelihood of a swap deal is very low because the English outfit are not even ready to pay half of his current wages.
Furthermore, nobody wants to pay the asking price of Real Madrid which is 70 million euros as he would turn 30 in July. Manchester United were interested in securing his services, but they abdicated once they knew about the demands of Florentino Perez.
In a recent interview, Gareth Bale’s agent has confirmed that his feud with Zinedine Zidane was because of the style of play. The duo did not enjoy a great relationship last time, but the agent of Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett, insisted that his client wants to finish his career at Real Madrid even though Zidane and Bale have not spoken since the forward’s brace in Kyiv during the Champions League finals.
“Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another. ‘Over the period of time it just got worse.”
Gareth Bale’s agent on his future with Real Madrid: “He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again. He will talk with Mr Zidane, take it from there and then see at the end of the season.” pic.twitter.com/95D2RrjkEZ
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 15, 2019
Gareth Bale wants to “play all his career” at Real Madrid, according to his agent,
But does Zinedine Zidane want Bale?
No, according to Guillem Balague
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 15, 2019
Gareth Bale, who joined the club in 2013 for a then-record fee of 81 million euros from Tottenham Hotspur hankers to spend rest of his playing career at Santiago Bernabeu, as per Barnett.
“He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid. If it doesn’t work out, we will talk again,”
“He is very happy. He will talk with Zinedine Zidane and we will go from there. If you let him play how he wants to play, and have a run of games, he can be right up there.” said Gareth Bale’s agent.
There were recent stories about Bale’s unwillingness to enjoy with his teammates. Thibaut Courtois said that the former Tottenham Hotspur forward refused to hang out with his colleagues when the whole side assembled at a spot during the new year’s eve.
The Welshman was caught pushing his own teammate Lucas Vazquez when the Spanish International jumped with joy at him after the Welshman converted the spot-kick against Levante.
Zinedine Zidane has it clear that Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and James will not be Real Madrid players next season. Their sales are expected to get €200M pic.twitter.com/d99O73GR6H
— El Madridismo (@ElMadridismo93) March 12, 2019
Barring these two incidents, he was also pictured leaving Santiago Bernabeu before the game against Barcelona ended. There is no doubt about the quality available at stake, but the Welshman is ought to change his mentality if he wants to continue at this club.
Since Zinedine Zidane has been handed over full transfer power, the Frenchman is planning for a revamp at the club. The Frenchman wants to ship Bale off during the summer window.