Bale has only China left

As AS has learned, the Welsh plan is still leaving Madrid, although it is complicated that it is in January. His high salary leads him to the Asian country.


Gareth Bale's stay in Madrid has not been placid almost anywhere since his arrival in 2013, but the last month has created a panorama that has ended all the parties tired. The club already contemplates its departure in January and the player has decided to leave. As AS has learned, the Welsh plan, aware of how difficult it would be to pack in the winter market, is to wait for next summer. In any case, his only escape would be signing for a Chinese club.

Bale's high salary (17 million euros net), his history of injuries (he has only played 51.81% of the minutes with Madrid) and his age (30 years) decisively determine his future. The Cardiff is not willing to lose money when it changes its air, which, together with the rest of the conditions, will close the door almost definitively of the European elite, the MLS or Qatar, where they cannot reach the required amount . At the moment, without concrete offers, it has received the interest of different teams from China. Shanghai Shenhua, with whom he has been related, has denied this newspaper that it is among the suitors.

The player, tired of the same problems and the same criticism, considers that a point of difficult return has arrived in Madrid. He feels hurt with the club because last summer, when he finally decided to accept an offer of Chinese football, from the Bernabéu he was denied that option. Nor has his deal with Zidane helped, very cold and distant. With the French ended badly in his first stage on the bench and, on his return, he only gave 43.79% of the minutes. Months later, during the preseason, the commentator said "if you leave tomorrow, the better" .

The problem now is that, although in the offices they see their sale feasible in winter, they will not access any price, never better, mid-season. And the regulation in China does not accompany in cases where the transfer exceeds 5.7 million euros: if Madrid asks, say, 50 kilos per Bale, the buying club should pay the same amount to the government of the Asian country.

Bale and Madrid, jaded

In Bale's environment they are critical of the management carried out by everyone involved in this plot, including that of the soccer player. What happened since October has been significant in this regard: injured in the soleus and with discomfort in the back (this last ailment had not transcended), he did not train with the group for these physical mishaps since he returned from the break and, instead, yes He did it last Monday, at the first opportunity, with Wales.

Consider that, if he had worried more about his image in the face of the fans and the press, he would have done better. But that has not been possible, they say, because of Gareth's extreme shyness. In that shame and fear of public exposure they also rely to explain their reaction when, when returning from London on October 29, he did not sign an autograph for a child at the airport. And only in this way is it explained that, with all the normality and tranquility of the world, he made that trip in regular class instead of in business or in private plane. For good and for bad, Bale is like that.

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