Gareth Bale’s time with Real Madrid might be finally over. The Welshman has been linked with a departure from Santiago Bernabeu for some time now, but Real never actually came close to selling him. According to influential Spanish media outlet AS, things recently change as the club is now prepared to let Bale leave in the summer.
Sources close to the club told AS that Real is wary of the economic struggles caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and consider Bale’s departure beneficial for the club’s long term stability. The 30-year-old is the club’s highest earner, making $15 million a year, so having his wage off their books would clear the way for adding other impactful players.
Another reason why Gareth Bale is one foot out of the door is the fact that he is not playing much under Zinedine Zidane. Bale only played 14 games in La Liga this season and contributed with just two goals and two assists. Zidane prefers young starlets Vinicius and Rodrygo ahead of the veteran winger, which is why Bale even missed El Clásico.
Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 in a record-breaking transfer worth around $110 million. He scored 105 goals in 249 games for Real in all competition, while helping the club win four Champions League trophies and one La Liga title.