Gareth Bale who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur on September 1, 2013, for a transfer fee worth €101 million, struggled at the club when the former coach of the club, Zinedine Zidane returned to coach the club ahead of the 2018-2019 season.
The French coach seemed not to be a fan of Gareth Bale who was an important player for Real Madrid during the coach’s first era at the club between 2016 and 2018.
Since Zidane refused to feature Bale in most games at the club, the Welshman decided to leave the club but Real Madrid failed to allow him to leave.
After a series of back and forth, Real Madrid agreed to allow him to return to Tottenham Hotspur for a season-long loan. Though his return to the Premier League club was characterized by injuries and match fitness issues, he managed to score 16 goals and provided 3 assists in 34 games in all competitions.
Due to this performance, there were speculations that he might stay at Tottenham Hotspur for more seasons. But he stressed that he intends to return to Real Madrid when his loan deal with the Premier League club expires on June 30, 2021.
Fortunately for Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane who seemed not to like him at the club decided to leave Real Madrid because he felt the club didn’t believe in his managerial ability anymore.
The departure of the French tactician staged the return of Carlo Ancelotti who had a very good working relationship with Gareth Bale when the Italian coach first managed the club between 2013 and 2015.
With the help of Bale, Carlo Ancelotti won a UEFA Champions League title, Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Hence, the 61-year-old Italian tactician believes that Bale could be instrumental in his second reign at the Spanish side.
“He (Bale) was effective in the final games of the season when he played consistently”, Carlo Ancelotti said.
“He is coming back, I know him well. If he is motivated to play, he can have a great season. I have no doubt.
“I have a lot of love still for Gareth, Isco, Marcelo… they will have the motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.”
On his expectation for other Real Madrid players, Carlo Ancelotti said: “I will ask the same as last time. I want us to play well, to play with more intensity, be more organized and play spectacular football as that’s what Real Madrid’s history and supporters demand.
“Benzema needs to score 50 goals, not 30. Vinicius Jr has to score more, everyone has to score more.
“I have lots of hope for the players but we need to try and find more goals from the wingers, midfielders. It’s not about signing a proven striker who scores 30 goals, we need to implement an offensive system and mentality…
“I’m not the same Carlo Ancelotti, I’m different, I’ve got six more years of experience, negative and positive. But negative experiences can help you grow too.”