Gareth Bale Next Club Betting Odds & Analysis: Is the Welshman’s time in Madrid up?

Gareth Bale Next Club Betting Odds & Analysis: Is the Welshman’s time in Madrid up?

It is approaching six years since Gareth Bale made what was then a world record £86 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. The Welshman’s spell in the Spanish capital has in many respects been a huge success. He has won the Champions League 4 times and played a pivotal role in two of Real’s four victorious finals with key goals including an absolute stunner in the Final in Kiev last summer.

He has also scored more than 100 goals for Los Blancos however Bale’s time has also been blighted by injury problems. The return of Zinedine Zidane is the latest setback and while Bale has always insisted he is happy in Madrid, this could be the final straw that results in the former Spurs man moving on this summer.

Why is Bale unpopular in Madrid?

Bale has been jeered and whistled on numerous occasions this season by the demanding Bernabeu crowd and has been one of the main targets for the frustrations of the supporters in a difficult season for the team.

There are a number of reasons why that has been the case. While Bale has certainly been unfortunate with injuries, there is at least a perception that he sometimes holds himself back and isn’t prepared to play through knocks like other players. Bale’s inability to speak Spanish after almost six years in Spain also makes it harder for him to defend his case. While the winger has insisted he has tried to learn the language, he perhaps could have done more and that’s another reason why he has struggled to build a connection with the fanbase and perhaps even his teammates.

Recent images of a team dinner which Bale didn’t attend added further fuel to the fire and even the likes of Marcelo and Thibaut Courtois have appeared to confirm rumours that he remains something of an outsider in a camp that many expected him to step up and lead following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Even at the time of his purchase, Bale was largely viewed as the man who would ultimately succeed Ronaldo as the focal point of the side. However Bale has had his worst season in a Madrid shirt in the first campaign after Ronaldo’s departure when the chance was there for him to really step up and become the focal point of this side. His poor current form combined with the other issues have seen the tide slowly turn against Bale and have fuelled rumours of a summer exit.

Bale could return from his latest injury setback this weekend. You can read all our predictions and betting tips in our Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo match preview here.

Zidane’s return could spell the end

Just when it appeared Gareth Bale’s season couldn’t get any worse, Zinedine Zidane was re-appointed earlier this week. The Welshman had fallen out of favour by the end of Zidane’s first spell in charge with talk of a total breakdown in communication between the two men. Bale was one of the very few Real Madrid players not to publicly thank the Frenchman when he surprisingly quit last summer and would not have been happy when the news broke on Monday evening of his return.

Another criticism of Bale in Madrid has been that he’s more interesting in golf than football and his nickname in the Real dressing room is ‘the golfer’. Bale has in fact admitted that he rarely watches football at home in previous interviews but it has become a real source of obsession in the Spanish media. Perhaps tellingly, Bale has tweeted four times this week, three of which were related to this weekend’s PGA golf and if he was intending to build bridges with Zidane, Real Madrid fans or the Spanish press, he’s not doing a very good job of showing it.

If like Gareth you’ll be watching more golf than football this weekend, you can check out our Players Championship Betting Tips and Predictions here.

Gareth Bale Club After Summer Transfer Window – Latest Odds

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The return of Zinedine Zidane may well prove the final straw that forces Bale towards a summer exit. However there are very few clubs in world football who would be able to seriously offer him a package that comes close to the reported £600,000 per week that he currently earns at the Bernabeu. Therefore if Real are intent on selling him, finding a buyer who can offer Bale an attractive enough package to lure him away from the Spanish capital is no given.

Manchester United – 9/4

Manchester United are the favourites to secure Bale’s signature and there is plenty of solid reasoning behind that. Firstly, they are consistently ranked as one of the very richest clubs in the world so unlike even some of their Premier League rivals, they should have no trouble financing a deal for Bale.

Despite a huge upturn in form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they are still a team that could use a bit of extra firepower and the possible departure of the under-performing Alexis Sanchez this summer only adds to the sense in going for Bale. Solskjaer has been hungry to bring back the culture that has delivered so much success in the Premier League era for Manchester United. They’ve had some cracking wingers over that period and Bale would surely fit the bill as the kind of marquee signing that could really help United kick on and compete for the Premier League title next season.