24th May, 2019
Any chances of Gareth Bale joining Liverpool from Real Madrid this summer seem to have been laid to rest as the Merseyside fans have clearly indicated their opposition to such a proposal.
It is not a secret that Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has no plans of keeping Bale at the Bernabeu as he no longer brings in those top player performances that was typical of him.
His dwindling performances resulted in a situation where he was snubbed for the final games of the season and was an unused substitute for the last game – a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis.
Naturally, Zidane has made it clear he wants the player sold out as there are big plans for a very serious overhaul of the whole team after a disastrous season.
Unfortunately for Bale, his future remains unclear with very few clubs in a position to afford buy him and pay his hefty wages.
The few teams who are in such a position are PSG, Manchester United, Manchester City and some clubs in China.
Of recent, clubs like Tottenham and Liverpool have started getting mentioned as possible destinations for him. That naturally has necessitated the decision by the Liverpool fans to make their position very clear on the issue as fast as possible.
Liverpool Echo asked Reds fans to vote if they wanted their team to sign the Real Madrid forward and of 19,000 voters, 65% said no, with 35% saying yes.
They have also surely not forgotten in a hurry that their team was hit by two Bale stingers last year, when he came off the bench to swing the European Champions League final in Kiev.
Interestingly, the player has won four Champions Leagues since joining Madrid for £90m in 2013.
However, his time in Real Madrid appears to be up with Zidane planning to rebuild his new look team around Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe.
Bale, 29, started 21 La Liga games this term, scoring eight goals and assisting three. He scored another three in seven Champions League appearances, but was routinely booed by supporters and has apparently failed to build relationships with his team-mates.
However, as far as his agent is concerned, the player wants to stay in Madrid and is now set for an awkward stand off with club bosses.
Last week he said: “Gareth has always been clear that he is a Madrid player with three years left on his contract. He will keep trying [to change the manager’s mind].”
However, the man in charge – Zidane – has said: “I have to look at the day to day, and make decisions.
“And when there is something I do not like, or does not fit for me, I must do what I think best.
“It might be difficult for the player — we cannot forget all he has done here — but I must live in the present, think of the future. We will see [if Bale stays]. I don’t know what will happen, truthfully.”
The player’s agent in response to those quotes simply said: “Fine, that’s his opinion.” When asked if Perez will demand Bale is kept on he said: “Zidane has complete control.”
It will be recalled that Zinedine Zidane returned to the club towards the end of the season under the proviso he would have full control on the squad so will be backed in the transfer market with both and ins and outs down to him.