What will happen with Gareth Bale this summer?
The 31-year-old’s career is in limbo and is clearly not wanted by Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid.
The Welshman picks up £600,000-per-week at the Bernabeu but was barely used towards the end of the season. Instead, he sat in the stands and entertained himself by having a nap or by rolling up a piece of paper and pretending to use a telescope.
He didn’t even seem to care that Real won La Liga by refusing to join in the celebrations.
We can all laugh about it but it’s actually quite sad to see Bale waste some of the best years of his career becoming a meme at the biggest club in the world.
It’s easy to forget what an incredible player he once was.
Bale went from an unlucky charm playing left-back at Tottenham to one of the best forwards in world football. During the 2012/13 season at White Hart Lane, he scored 21 goals in 33 Premier League matches earning him the PFA Player of the Year award and a world-record move to Real Madrid.
And while he’s shown his quality during his six seasons in Spain - scoring 105 goals in 251 appearances - he’s come under intense criticism by both Real Madrid fans and media alike.
His addiction to golf, his inability to speak Spanish and his general lack fitting in at Real Madrid has seen people turn against him.
That’s despite helping them win two league titles and four Champions Leagues - in which he scored in two of the finals.
But all of that seems to be forgotten.
However, Twitter user @zurielss is desperate to remind us just what an incredible player Bale once was. He’s created a brilliant compilation video showing ‘what Bale used to be.’
It quickly went viral on Twitter and is actually quite sad to watch.
What. A. Player.
So, what next for Bale?
Well, could a return to the Premier League actually be on the cards?
According to Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo, both Manchester United and Spurs have been told they can have him for just £18.5million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lead the way and, if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho, could turn to Bale.
Recently, Bale was asked about the prospect of returning to England and he admitted it’s something that interests him.
"If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I'd look at for sure,” Bale said.
"We'll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands.
"I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn't materialise.
"There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won't allow it or they've done something. It's down to the club.”
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