Gareth Bale’s relationship with Real Madrid might be broken beyond repair.
The Welshman wasn’t part of the squad that travelled to England for their Champions League clash against Manchester City on Friday, with Zinedine Zidane revealing that Bale didn’t want to play.
Bale, 31, should have developed into Real’s protagonist following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2018.
But he’s making zero impact at the Bernabeu right now, except for the hole he’s currently burning in Real’s pockets.
“It's very sad. It's a pity to see a player like him in the stands,” former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said last week, per BBC Sport.
“I think his skill and talent has not gone, he is still a good player who could be playing at a high level in any team in the world.
"Therefore I think they will have to find a solution to end this agony for the sake of both sides.”
Bale has enjoyed many highs during his time in Spain but it’s ending on a sour note.
It’s beginning to look more and more likely that we’ve seen the best of Bale - but what a player he was.
His 2012/13 season at Tottenham Hotspur, which convinced Real to make a £85.3 million move for him, was out of this world.
Bale scored 21 goals in 33 Premier League appearances and was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.
He also set a record for most goals from outside the box in a Premier League campaign with nine.
Just imagine if Bale had torn up La Liga in the same way he did the English top flight…
Bale was unstoppable in his final season for Spurs.
We shouldn't forget how great he's been for Real Madrid as well, scoring 105 goals in seven seasons for Los Blancos.
He shouldn't be dismissed as a world-class player just yet, but perhaps he needs a change of setting to return to his former self.
- Madrid fan's thread about Bale's downfall
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- Bale played golf before Man City vs Madrid