We are off to Kyivvv!!!! ✈🏆 pic.twitter.com/5vwFEu13xo
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) May 1, 2018
Source: Real Madrid players celebrating via Twitter
Much was expected of Gareth Bale when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013.
The Spanish and European giants paid a then world-record transfer fee of £85 million in order to secure the services of the Wale international winger, who was expected to challenge the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or. Bale had a pretty decent debut season, scoring in the finals of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in the 2013-14 season, but since then it has been hugely frustrating for the 28-year-old.
Bale may have won La Liga in 2017 and the Champions League in 2016 and 2017 with Madrid, but one suspects that the Spanish powerhouse would have won those titles without the former Tottenham star.
Such is the sorry situation of the former Southampton star, who started his career as a left-back, that he has been left out of key fixtures in the Champions League this season despite being fully fit.
Bale has made 17 starts and six substitute appearances in La Liga for Madrid this season, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists in the process. In six Champions League appearances, the Wales international winger has scored one goal and provided two assists.
Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane clearly does not consider him as a key figure in his team, who are 8/11 to win the Champions League this season according to latest football betting odds, and one should not be surprised if Bale does leave the Spanish capital in the summer transfer window.
Good win again tonight!! Vamos equipo ⚽ pic.twitter.com/beo9FbZqgZ
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) March 18, 2018
Source: Gareth Bale via Twitter
During his time at Tottenham, Bale established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League. The way the Welshman transformed himself from a left-back to a left-winger was remarkable, and his playing style and pace was a menace to the opposition defence. Bale won the Professional Footballers’ Association’s and Football Writers’ player of the year award in 2012-13 and also scored 26 goals.
Bale is a legend at Spurs, and one suspects that the White Hart Lane faithful would love to see him back at the North London club. Bale could be the X-Factor missing from the United team at the moment, and the former Southampton star would be a brilliant signing for the Red Devils.
Mourinho’s team need someone like him in order to make themselves scary to the opposition in attack, and even if United have to pay a lot of money as transfer fee and pay the wages that he wants, they should do so.
However, it is Manchester United who have been strongly linked with Bale, and given his astronomical wages, Old Trafford is a feasible destination. Jose Mourinho’s side could do with a pacy and talented winger in their squad, as they aim to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season and also compete in the Champions League.
Bale knows English football inside out, and his direct style of play and incredible pace will aim the Red Devils. Then there is the 28-year-old’s strength.