Gareth Bale is still a Real Madrid player, even if some fans actually forgot about him. The Welshman has one year left on his contract and it won’t be easy for Madrid to get rid of his salary in the current financial context, so Bale might end up staying in the Spanish capital.
The attacker was asked about whether or not he was ready to work with Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti during Wales’ press conference and delivered a clear answer:
“I don’t have a choice, I’m a Real Madrid player! I can say that I have a great relationship wit him and I know that he will do a great job at Real Madrid,” said Bale.
Bale knows that no club will be willing to match the €20 million salary he gets at Madrid, so it’s very likely that he decided to stay and let his contract expire in 2022. That’s obviously not the ideal scenario for Real Madrid, who are looking to sell some players to increase their flexibility in the market.
If Bale does stay, he could ultimately play some minutes for Ancelotti, who was his first coach at Madrid. Will the Italian coach be keen on keeping Bale around if he can stay engaged or will he follow Zidane’s footsteps and bury Bale deep in the rotation? That’s an intriguing decision he might have to start thinking about, given that it seems that Bale will be a Real Madrid player for the 2021-2022 season.