• Guardiola. "If there is a team that can turn it around it is Real Madrid"

The facts are stubborn and the outcome is inevitable. The facts show that Gareth Bale, just turned 31, is still the highest paid footballer of Real Madrid, with almost 15 million euros per year net, despite having played only 1,260 minutes this season, a record exceeded by 16 of his teammates. The outcome points to Gareth Bale, with four Champions titles and glorious finals behind him, will be relegated to the bench by Zinedine Zidane in the second leg against Manchester City, waiting for a solution to be finalized this summer to put an end to all this absurdity. The footballer, who signed until 2022, does not want to leave, but Madrid is looking for a destination. If someone assumed his very high record, he could even consider the option of letting him go for free.

Of the 50 matches for Madrid this year, Bale has lost 13 due to different injuries , five for not even entering the call and one for a penalty. On 11 other occasions he did not contest a single minute, despite occupying a place on the bench. His last goal dates from January 22, against the Unionistas. That night of the Cup he left injured. His last decisive appearance dates back to last September 1 in Villarreal, when after scoring a double that saved the 2-2, he was sent off with a yellow card. During the triumphal stretch of his team, after the confinement, the role of the Welshman has been limited to 100 minutes in two games. His image on the bench at Los Cármenes not only denoted a complete lack of concern for what was happening on the pitch. The little game with the binoculars was a new headache for Florentino Pérez and José Angel Sánchez, who will have to find a solution to the mess in the coming weeks.

The president and his right hand often remember with some nostalgia those endless meetings of the summer of 2013 in London , where Daniel Levy defended every euro of the transfer of Bale as if the health of his family depended on it. Today, almost seven years later, Pérez and Sánchez seem doomed to further negotiations with the owner of Tottenham Hotspur, whom they consider to be the fiercest negotiator on the European scene. To this must be added the name of José Mourinho, a fervent admirer of Bale, his forbidden dream when he came to the Manchester United bench and now the ideal candidate to reinforce his lead. After the agonizing qualification for the Europa League, Mou cannot afford another season praying for Harry Kane's health.

Mourinho's Tottenham

The last variable in the equation will be Jonathan Barnett , the ineffable representative of the Welshman, who has already moved the merchandise on the winter market. All the potential buyers threw their hands to the head with the figures of their contract in Chamartín. As if that were not enough, the market value of Bale, according to the Transfermarkt reference, has plummeted from 90 million, in June 2018, to the current 28 million. The Cardiff Express does not even have the same poster as other generation partners, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jordi Alba or Thomas Müller. Even in Zidane's eyes, he has also lost the battle against Isco. The man from Malaga, as has happened other times in the recent past, has regained the coach's confidence with a perseverance unknown to the author of that unforgettable Chilean in the Kiev final.

Madrid wants to close this whole matter with some haste, without repeating the scenes of last summer, with all that vaudeville of the Chinese Jiangsu Suning . This year, the market deadline is extended to October 5, with a slightly longer deadline for England, where it will remain open until October 16. It will also be an opportunity to part with James Rodríguez. After pulling 40 million from Inter for Achraf Hakimi or 45 million from Chelsea by Mateo Kovacic, Florentino's negotiators intuit that this year he will have to give in. Especially with Bale.

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