Gareth Bale has given a damning verdict on his situation at Real Madrid by claiming that he is not playing happily. His statements come at time when Bale has been the best player at Madrid in the first few weeks of the new La Liga campaign. Even though all is not well in terms of results, performances from Bale have been quite encouraging.
The Welsh winger seemed close to leaving the Los Blancos in the summer when he was in advanced talks with Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning. The move would have made Bale the best paid player in the world with wages rumoured to be in the region of £1 million per week. However, it is understood that Florentino Perez pulled the plug on the deal even though Zinedine Zidane wanted the player out as soon as possible. Bale was about to join Jiangsu Suning on a free transfer, which would represent a huge loss on a player who was signed for £80 million back in 2013.
After failing to secure the transfer, Bale was reluctantly put into the first-team by Zidane. Yet, he has responded quite brilliantly with two goals in his last three appearances. His two-goal heroics against Villarreal did finish in a disappointing manner thanks to a late sending off, but it has put him once again in the focus. The winger has taken the situation to express his disappointment at being made the scapegoat for Madrid’s problems. According to Sky Sports, he said:
“I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it’s not all fully fair.
“I wouldn’t say I’m playing happy but I’m playing.
“I’m sure there’ll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest. I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about and it’s between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion.”
Real Madrid failed to secure any more high-profile signings in the last few days of the transfer window while summer signing Eden Hazard also needs time to settle in the team. All these factors are likely to make Bale more crucial in the next few weeks.
Bale has never felt comfortable at the Santiago Bernabeu. It is a problem that has been in place ever since he made the high-profile switch in 2013. His reluctance to learn the language has not endeared him to his teammates, while it has also not made him a favourite amongst fans. Furthermore, fans have always had the alternative of being in love with Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an immensely successful time even after the arrival of Bale.
Last season, Bale could have had the opportunity to finally step out of the Portuguese’s shadow but this did not happen. He only came up with 14 goals in 42 games last season – quite a mediocre return compared to other La Liga stars.
It is quite remarkable that Bale expects more problems in the forthcoming weeks and months. It is once again likely to spark transfer rumours ahead of the January window. Despite managing a turnaround in the first three games of the campaign, Bale is yet to find his way into the plans of the manager. This is quite a dangerous situation for a player who has a contract with the club until 2022. There are few clubs who would want to sign a 30-year-old on a fat contract.