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There’s hardly a week or even a day at Real Madrid without some sort of update on Gareth Bale.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star – once the most expensive player in history – is not really having the time of his life in the Spanish capital.
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And sure, that’s also not anything particularly new – after all, just months ago, the Welshman already had one foot out the exit door when Zinedine Zidane himself stated his transfer would be for the best.
But football is funny that way and not only did Bale end up staying as one of the Galacticos but was also supposed to have a bigger role in the team than before. For the first couple of games, it really did seem that way, too.
He played, scored twice, assisted twice and things were finally looking up.
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But then he was excluded on two different occasions and even had to miss the Champions League clash against Club Brugge. As per the new reports, that was his breaking point and he wants out once again.
And when everything is said and done, Real would be wise to cash in while they still can. Bale, valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, is 30, has a long history of injuries under his belt and is evidently unhappy with his position under Zidane.
Maybe the high expectations are not really helping in this instance either.
Bale’s agent constantly showers him with praise and has even dubbed him as “one of the best players in the world”. He is very much expected to be a big influence and a key part in the Galacticos’ system but that’s obviously not going to happen, which makes the whole summer saga even more interesting.
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Why exactly have Real Madrid decided to keep the Welshman if he’s not going to play regularly? He is not the kind of player who belongs on the bench.
Maybe the time has finally come for him to find a different home, and at this point in time, it would be a win-win scenario for both sides.