On Saturday, Gareth Bale finally left Real Madrid to return to his former club, Tottenham Hotspur which he left in 2013 to join the Spanish giants in a then world transfer-record fee of £85 million.
Though Real Madrid bought the 31-year-old Wales international then to become another Cristiano Ronaldo, he didn’t live up to their expectation. However, Gareth Bale helped the club to win four UEFA Champions League, two Spanish La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups, and three Club World Cups.
Still, his love for golf, injuries, his antics off the pitch, and drop in form in recent times made him one of the most hated players at the Santiago Bernabéu. He was sometimes booed by the fans even when he deserves their praises.
On the other hand, the football manager of the club, Zinedine Zidane proved that Gareth Bale was no longer part of his plan. Even on occasions where he needed a player of his caliber, Zidane would leave him on the bench or leave him completely out of the squad.
The saga between Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane became even worse in the 2019-2020 season as the manager managed to use him in 20 games mostly from the bench.
Zinedine Zidane had no problem with bale?
In the midst of all these, the French tactician, Zinedine Zidane, always wants the world to know that he and Bale didn’t have any problem. He didn’t miss to re-echo that after Gareth Bale finally secure a season-long loan move to Tottenham.
During a press conference on Saturday, he was asked whether Gareth Bale left for Tottenham because of him, the football manager said: “It’s not like that.
“It’s more complicated. With Bale, it’s always about one side against the other. But I’ve never had a problem with Gareth.
“There will always be things that happen. Now he’s making a change, all we can do is wish him the best… These things happen in football, but I’ve always said he was a spectacular player.
“I know what he has done for this club. He always proved his quality and what he has achieved with the club cannot be argued with.”
Gareth Bale to Tottenham: Real Madrid two-sentence Statement
Football fans across the world were not happy with the manner in which Real Madrid sent off a player that scored 105 goals and provided 68 assists in 251 appearances for them. Most of the fans felt Bale deserved more than a two-sentence statement.
Some of them described the statement the club issued to announce his departure to Tottenham Hotspur as pathetic and an insult to the player who has done so well for them since he joined the club in 2013.
Most analysts of the statement believe that the two-sentence statement was proof that all was not well between Gareth Bale and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid’s statement read:
“Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed to the loan of Gareth Bale for next season, until 30 June, 2021.
“Our club wishes the best of luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful periods of our history.”
Official announcement: Bale#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 19, 2020
Gareth Bale to Tottenham: Below are some of the Fans reactions against the Real Madrid’s statement
Is that it ? He single handedly won u the UCL on 2 occasions . Ungrateful c***s— Laurence (@Lol_Yiddo) September 19, 2020
Your club management and fans are a total disgrace for the way you have treated GB, he help you win trophy’s in abundance and the UCL goal is one of the finest you’ll ever see, for a club with the stature as Real Madrid you should be ashamed…— Mouthy Mark (@Turkish1882) September 20, 2020
Honestly, y'all never deserved him. You froze him out despite him having played a huge role in winning you 3 Champions Leagues and now send him off with a perfunctory two-liner?— Lakshya Jain (@lxeagle17) September 19, 2020
This just caps off the disrespectful treatment. No wonder he started to give a little back towards the end. He is definitely better off out of Madrid.— Gareth Merrett (@Mez__81) September 19, 2020