Gareth Bale is in trouble after just two games played this season. The Welshman has not been able to lead Real Madrid during Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension and his lethargic performance against Valencia had many reporters from Spain asking Los Blancos to sell the player. Josep Pedrerol, for instance, said during the TV show Jugones that “if a €100 million offer comes Real’s way, sell him and say ‘thank you’ as he won’t understand ‘gracias’” suggesting that Bale has not adapted well to living in Spain.
However, Madrid are not planning to sell the player, and here’s why:
- His current market price is as low as it has been since Madrid signed him for €100 million. Bale has not performed as expected from that kind of player and yet Real Madrid would be most likely losing money if they decide to give up on him right now.
- He would almost certainly accept a role as a reserve. Say what you want about Bale’s attitude on the pitch but he is not a controversial player and would accept a potential role behind Isco and Marco Asensio in the rotation. He already came off the bench for the Champions League Final in his hometown of Cardiff and even though he had just recovered from an injury he is a calm player who would accept his role without creating problems.
- Bale can still be useful. It’s clear that right now he doesn’t deserve a place in the starting lineup once Cristiano Ronaldo comes back from his suspension, but Bale could still change some games off the bench if he is used properly ala Lucas Vazquez. Bale could be a very dangerous weapon on the left wing because of his speed.