Gareth Bale is set for a shock exit from Real Madrid, who are willing to let the Welshman leave the club in favour of a free transfer to China.
In a shocking turn of events, Real Madrid are looking to terminate the contract of Gareth Bale and let him leave for China on a free transfer this summer – as reported by ESPN. The Welshman still has three years left on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, head coach Zinedine Zidane has publicly stated he would love to get rid of Bale, as part of his massive squad overhaul this summer. However, no European clubs are yet to make an official bid for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur star so far, even though Bayern Munich were reportedly looking to sign him on loan last month.
The only clubs that are interested and are willing to match his hefty €17 million per season net wages are Chinese Super League outfits Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan, who are even ready to offer the winger a bumper contract that would see him earn €1.1 million per week.
From a sporting perspective, Bale’s potential exit from Bernabeu could make a world of sense for Real Madrid. The 30-year-old has struggled with injuries for the most part of his spell at Madrid. He is, in fact, yet to surpass the 2,000-minute mark in any of his last four seasons in La Liga.
Besides, Los Merengues have already roped in the likes of Rodrygo and Eden Hazard this summer as Zidane looks to reshape his attacking unit. Hazard is surely expected to the focal point of the new-look Real Madrid attack, with Bale falling behind Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio in the pecking order, prior to the start of this new season.
That means a move away from the Bernabeu is logical for the player as well. It is unlikely he will able to revive his career with a return to the Premier League. Instead, a move to China will offer him the opportunity to earn considerably more than what he did in Spain, during his ongoing six-year spell with Real Madrid.
But at the same time, the Welshman’s experience at the highest level of football might have been useful for a Madrid side that could appear over-reliant on the services of their young guns. Their struggles were evident following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2018-19 campaign and Zidane could run the risk of the same outcome this time around as well.