June 13, 2021

Gareth Bale retirement claims resurface with Real Madrid in line to save £32m

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Retirement rumours continue to follow Gareth Bale.

Now fresh claims in Marca have again suggested that the Wales superstar will quit football after this summer’s European Championship.

It’s suggested that Bale will walk away from the game, and the final year of his mega-money deal at the Santiago Bernabeu – which is worth £19million to the 31-year-old.

The Madrid media, dogged in voicing their displeasure with Bale in recent years, report that the Spanish giants won’t pay him anything if he does indeed quit – a big boost to his heavily in-debt club, as it would save them £32million including tax.

Bale joined Real in 2013 and has since won the Champions League four times, La Liga twice, Spanish Cup, UEFA Super Cup three times and FIFA club World Cup four times.

He spent the 20/21 campaign on loan to Tottenham Hotspur, who he played for from 2007 to 2013, but he found no silverware at the club who lost the Carabao Cup final 1-0 to Manchester City and finished seventh in the Premier League.



Gareth Bale has been on loan to Spurs
Gareth Bale has been on loan to Spurs

Bale’s move to England came after he fell out of favour under former Real manager Zinedine Zidane as he only made 16 appearances in the 19/20 La Liga campaign.

Zidane has now left the club, being replaced with Carlo Ancelotti who was in charge when Bale joined the side.

The Welsh international played some of his best football under the former Everton boss from 2013 to 2015.

And Bale has said he will speak to Ancelotti after the Euros.

He said: “We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I’m sure he’s going to be amazing in charge there.

“I spoke to him when we played Everton at the start of the season, we hugged and had a little chat which was nice.

“But I’m still in the same boat and haven’t thought about it too much. I’m concentrated on our preparation now and what’s going to happen in the Euros. I’ll sort the rest of it after.”

Ancelotti has also spoken about Bale but he has said he needs to show a want to play at the Spanish club.

He said: “I have a lot of love still for Gareth Bale, Isco, Marcelo… They will have motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.

“Eden Hazard? He’s a top player, he’ll show his skills. Hazard and Bale can be so important for us.”

Ancelotti’s reappointment at Real came as a shock for Everton fans when it was announced on Wednesday

He added: “I’ve only just arrived. I have to talk to the club about all that in the next few days.

“It’s happened fast. We first spoke only on Saturday. There is no plan yet.

“I know the squad well, and the players coming back from loan, so we have lots of options. I want to evaluate it all calmly. We will look in the next few days.”

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