Gareth Bale’s rollercoaster ride on Real Madrid bench

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The Welsh winger has found it difficult to cement his place in Zidane’s starting eleven so far this season Gareth Bale has only been able to make 20 appearances in all competitions.

Gareth Bale team celebrate its La liga triumph
Real Madrid team celebrate its La liga triumph

The 31 years old was on his way out to China before the start of the season, but things didn’t work out. He looks set to spend further time on the Spanish club’s bench unless a club can match his hefty €15million per year wages.

Gareth Bale is generally perceived in the Spanish media as a negative influence on the team. On various occasions, he has been caught goofy around on the bench when his team is in action.

He was spotted during Real Madrid’s match against Granda, where he made a makeshift pair of binocular as he spends time entertaining himself rather than fight for a spot on the pitch.

Gareth Bale Star gazing
Star gazing Bale

While against Alaves, he was seen taking a nap as he covered his face on the bench with a facemask with his feet up during the game.

Gareth Bale  sleeping during a match
Bale sleeping during a match

Video footage has gone viral on the internet of the winger, looking not so interested as the team celebrated winning the La Liga.

Zidane has always reiterated that his reasons for Bale’s exclusion from the team is strictly tactical and nothing personal.  As his recent selection suggests that he plans to build  around  the new crop of players such a Vinicius, Hazard and Rodrygo

He may not be wanted by the coach or Spanish press, Bale still plans to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which has two years to go. The club president Perez still has a hidden love for Bale as he feels he would improve any team in Europe.

Bale’s situation gets complicated as the media feel his lack of interest in learning the language and understand the culture is an insult to a club of Madrid’s standard.

A move to the Premier League sounds almost impossible as no club is willing to fork out the kind of funds required to pay his fees, will the player is also not willing to lower his wage to accommodate a transfer. Only the Chinese league or the Middle East can afford the kind of money needed to make him move, which would represent a decline in  standard of play

Jonathan Barnett, who represents the player, also shared the same view, has he repeatedly rubbish any talk of transfer linking away from the club.

“He is happy playing for Real Madrid. it is life to lead, not a new project from a financial standpoint, he won’t be needing more money for the rest of his life and even the life of his children and grandchildren.”