Gareth Bale will remain at Real Madrid beyond this summer after the Spanish giants conceded they would be unable to offload the Welshman in the coming months.
Bale has yet to meet up with his Real colleagues for pre-season as he’s currently away on holiday following his Euro 2020 campaign with Wales, though he’s expected to return to the club on July 23.
Los Blancos had hoped the forward’s performances at this summer’s European Championship would be enough to tempt a buyer into tabling an offer for Bale, but with no offers forthcoming Mundo Deportivo report that the club have now accepted they’ll have to ‘put up with’ him.
The former Tottenham man enjoyed a glittering start to his time at the Santiago Bernabeu – playing a key role in Real’s extraordinary achievement of notching four Champions League crowns in five years – but his relationship with the club and the fans has turned sour in recent seasons.
Having fallen out of favour with former boss Zinedine Zidane towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, Bale was shipped out on loan to former club Spurs as he looked to regain match fitness ahead of Euro 2020.
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Despite showing glimpses of his class, the Welshman was unable to showcase his prodigious talent on a consistent basis and new boss Nuno Espirito Santo has now ruled out a permanent move for Bale.
Reappointed Real manager Carlo Ancelotti has already admitted Bale will be part of his plans for next season, though it seems such a statement has only been made off the back of Real’s inability to find a buyer, rather than Ancelotti’s desire to keep hold of him.
As one of the club’s top earners, Bale’s presence at the La Liga giants is also hampering their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
The Frenchman is understood to want to move to Madrid but Real’s ongoing financial woes mean they’re not in a position to stump up the huge sum of money required to sign him – financial woes that would undoubtedly be eased by the sale of Bale.
But for now it seems he’s going nowhere, and Real have been forced to accept they’ll have to wait until his contract expires next summer to shift him off their wage bill.