It has been more than four years since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham in a then world record move.
After a brilliant debut season, Bale has had a very inconsistent time at the Spanish capital, as the media and fans have often turned against him. Injuries have been the biggest issue for the Welshman, as the attacker has spent a lot of time on the sidelines for Los Blancos.
He enjoyed a mini-revival under Rafa Benitez, as the Spaniard tried to build the team around Bale. Even though Rafa was sacked midway through the campaign, his successor Zidane put a lot of faith in Bale and entrusted him with a lot responsibility.
With Ronaldo and Benzema struggling with form at that time, Real Madrid turned to Bale to be their main man towards the end of the season. The Welshman relished the pressure, as he carried Real Madrid in the back end of the 2015-16 season.
He scored the only goal in Real’s semi-final victory over Manchester City, and provided the assist for Ramos’ goal in the final against Atletico, as Real won their eleventh Champions League title.
After being awarded an bumper new contract at the club, Bale once again succumbed to injuries as he played little part in Real’s second successive Champions league triumph.
We are now in January, and Bale has only started in six la liga matches this year, with his frequency of injuries increasing at an alarming rate. Real look to have found other solutions to their needs, with the likes of Isco and Asensio ready to take a more prominent role in the side.
Real are now prepared to offload their Welshman, as they will listen to offers of close to 80 million pounds, the same amount that they paid for him four years ago. If Bale does indeed leave Real this summer, he will look back on a frustrating period at the club, which was highlighted by some incredible moments of glory.