Gareth Bale's new Real Madrid contract set to include huge release clause

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La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly looking to tie down their biggest stars to new deals with Welshman Gareth Bale being one of their main priorities.

The Spanish side are apparently trying to convince some of their key players into committing their long-term futures to the club by laying on new contracts for the likes of Bale and fellow talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

German international midfielder Toni Kroos has already put pen-to-paper on a new deal to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for another six years, with Bild reporting that he will pocket an estimated £365,000-per-week, and it now seems that Bale is next in line to receive a bumper new contract.


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Spanish media outlet Cadena Ser believe they are able to reveal the finer details of the deal, and claim that the 27-year-old will be offered the opportunity to remain in Madrid until 2022, by which point he will be 33.

However, the real eye-watering number comes in the shape of the winger's release clause, which the report states will be set at €500 million (£452m).

Deal imminent 

Cadena Sur claims that the deal to keep Bale at the club will be completed "soon", suggesting that talks have already begun and are well underway.

Bale has started the new season well in the Spanish capital, clocking up three goals and one assist in eight appearances across all competitions so far.

The former Tottenham man became the world's most expensive player when he left north London for Real in 2013 for a reported £85.1m.

Key man 

Bale has been tipped by his former international boss and ex-Real Madrid coach John Toshack to be a key figure for the club in the future.

"I see a Real Madrid enjoying Bale at the top of his game for two or three years. I believe Bale will win the Ballon d'Or in his career," he told Cadena Ser.

"In a few years, he will become the leader [of Real Madrid]."

"He was already a different player to the rest," the 67-year-old added. "Now he is very discreet and a great professional. He knows what he has to do and he is a complete player.

"You don't have to raise your hands or shout all the time to be a good leader. There are other ways to motivate your teammates. Gareth has earned the respect of his teammates at Wales."

Bale endured an injury-hit campaign last term, notching up 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 goals. 

However, he still managed to help the club chalk up their second Champions League victory in three years before guiding his country to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

Will Bale be a key figure for Real Madrid again this season?

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