Gareth Bale set to be dumped by Real Madrid as club president Florentino Perez ‘runs out of patience’ with Manchester United-linked Welshman
- Gareth Bale has featured infrequently this season and scored just 13 goals
- Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has reportedly run out of patience with him
- He had hoped for the Welshman to step into Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes this term
- Bale’s time at the Bernabeu has been peppered by injuries but also great goals
Gareth Bale‘s time at the Bernabeu looks to be all but over as club president Florentino Perez has ‘run out of patience’ with the Welshman.
The former Tottenham Hotspur winger has had an underwhelming campaign in the capital city, scoring a meagre 13 goals and featuring only intermittently under manager Santiago Solari.
Perez had high hopes for Bale this season, expecting the former Spurs wideman to step up to the mark following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly ran out of patience with Gareth Bale
Bale has made 20 La Liga appearances this season, but only featuring for 1250 minutes
But according to Spanish outlet AS, Bale has failed to meet Perez’s expectations and he has now ran out of patience with the £86million signing – and AS suggest he won’t back down having now decided upon terminating the Welshman’s Bernabeu stay.
The 29-year-old has been linked with Manchester United in the past. In 2017, AS cite an attempt to offload the Welshman to Old Trafford in an attempt to free up some capital in order to acquire Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
Bale refused to budge and despite another season peppered by persistent injuries, he went on to score twice from the bench in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
The Welshman scored a memorable overhead kick in the Champions League final last season
His first goal was an astounding overhead kick, while the second was a long-range piledriver that bamboozled goalkeeper Loris Korius.
That season has summed up his time in Spain. Since joining Los Blancos in 2013, Bale has repeatedly found himself locked in the treatment room due to injury, reducing the number of matches he has played on the field.
GARETH BALE’S REAL MADRID TROPHIES
La Liga: x1 (2017)
Copa del Rey: x1 (2014)
UEFA Champions League: x4 (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
UEFA Super Cup: x3 (2014, 2016, 2017)
Spanish Super Cup: x1 (2017)
FIFA Club World Cup: x3 (2014, 2017, 2018)
AS report that Bale has played just 47 per cent of the possible minutes he could have done in six years.
At the same time, however, Bale has repeatedly shown his brilliance by scoring on the greatest occasions. The 2018 Champions League final was not the first European finale Bale has won for Madrid.
In 2014, Bale scored a header in extra time to beat cross-city rivals Atletico to secure the long-desired La Decima trophy.
That same season he scored another outstanding winning goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final – memorably outpacing Marc Bartra from the halfway line.
Bale’s introverted character has also not endeared him to his team-mates, with Marcelo revealing he rarely speaks with the Welshman despite sitting next to him in the changing rooms, while Thibaut Courtois said his nickname was ‘the golfer’.
Bale has won the Champions League four times during his six year stay at the Bernabeu
But he has not filled the shoes left by Cristiano Ronaldo and he may now be on his way out
The Welsh international has not learned Spanish despite living in Spain for six years, and after scoring against Levante last weekend he shrugged attempts from his team-mates to celebrate with him after he scored.
His coach, Santiago Solari, has defended his value to the team. He said: ‘Everyone knows what Bale can do and they know what he has given to the club.’
With Eden Hazard also reportedly a target for the Spanish giants, Real Madrid may already have a replacement in mind for Bale.
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