Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, having joined the Santiago Bernabeu club from Tottenham in the summer of 2013. He has enjoyed a series of successes in Spain but has also struggled with injuries and a negative relationship with the fans.
Yet, Carlo Ancelotti said Gareth Bale deserves a positive send-off from Real Madrid, amid talk he may have played his final game for the club. Bale’s contract with the Spanish champions is winding down, and he will be heading for a fresh challenge in the summer.
Fitness issues have dogged his time in the Spanish capital, and with two games remaining in Real Madrid’s season – Real Betis at home and the Champions League final with Liverpool, it’s not clear whether Bale will feature for the club again.
Bale’s agent says Cardiff City maybe Gareth Bale’s next destination. Sections of the Real fan base have been critical of Bale, but Ancelotti feels the 32-year-old deserves to be remembered fondly for helping deliver three Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, and a Copa Del Rey.
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“It’s not important if he plays,” Ancelotti said. “What’s important is that Bale is a part of the history of this club.”
“He’ll always be in the memories of Real Madrid fans, supporters, and owners of the club. He has written some great chapters; we have to recognize that. “
While Bale’s club season may be over, he will likely have a big part to play for his country as Wales look to book a place in the forthcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Wales has five games over the summer, including a World Cup play-off against either Scotland or Ukraine, and coach Robert Page has named Bale in a 27-man squad.
Page’s side face Poland in the Nations League on June 1, four days before the clash with Scotland or Ukraine. After the play-off, Wales will take on the Netherlands home and away (June 8 and June 14) and have a home meeting with Belgium on June 11.