Gareth Bale doesn’t have a future at Real Madrid. That has been clear for quite some time.
Despite contributing to four Champions League wins, two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and two UEFA Super Cups, the Welshman is out of favour.
Zinedine Zidane simply doesn’t want to play him. But the issue is, Bale doesn’t want to leave.
He appears more than happy to sit on the bench most weeks, picking up his £650,000-a-week wages.
There lies the problem for Madrid. They desperately want to get the forward off their books and have even offered to pay half his salary if a club takes him away.
But so far, no team has made an offer for Bale.
To make matters worse, he returned from international duty carrying an injury and has told Los Blancos he’s not fit enough to train.
So, given all that, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bale’s situation at Real Madrid couldn’t get any worse. But it seems it has.
According to Marca, Real Madrid are now trying to ‘erase’ the player.
In the club’s official store, Bale shirts have been taken down from the walls. He is no longer in between No.10 Luka Modric and No.12 Marcelo.
You can still buy the Welshman’s shirt as he’s a first-team player, but they are now stored in a drawer, out of sight.
On top of that, Bale didn’t feature in any of Real’s recent kit launches. Every other recognisable star was seen modelling the jersey.
Adidas stars Karim Benzema and Marcelo and even other Nike players like Sergio Ramos and Marco Asensio were used to promote the new 3rd kit. But there was no sign of Bale.
Finally, there is no sign of the forward training at Valdebebas ahead of the new La Liga campaign. Instead, he trains alone in the gym, away from the squad and once again, out of sight.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, Bale no longer exists… apart from to pick up that £650,000-a-week paycheck, of course.
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