Gareth Bale‘s departure from Real Madrid looks like it will a costly business. The player has made the decision to collect every last euro of the wages stipulated in his contract with the club which runs until 2022 and which enables him to take home 14.5 million euros after tax, per season. For Madrid, that is a total of 60 million euros over the next two seasons if Bale doesn’t find a new club. Zidane seems to have decided not to play Bale again and made that clear to both the club and the player in the final weeks of the league campaign in which the Welsh forward didn’t play a single minute of the team’s last six games. For the final game against Leganés, Bale wasn’t even in the squad list – it was telling that Brahim, who has made just a handful of brief appearances all season, was given a run-out at Butarque.
Bale is happy in Spain
“Gareth is delighted with the idea of seeing out the two years left on his contract,” his agent Jonathan Barnett said. “He’s happy in Spain. And so is his family. It’s a shame that Madrid are wasting the chance to use him because he is a model professional and continues to train well”. But it now looks like Bale will not be able to redeem himself as far as Zidane is concerned. “With respect to that, you’d have to ask Zidane about it. Gareth has no problem at all because he knows Zidane is a great coach who has been hugely successful”.
So Bale has decided that he won’t forgive a single euro of his wages from now until his contract expires. “A loan isn’t really a viable option for a player of his status,” Barnett points out. And nor is the possibility of Madrid paying part of his wages if he were to be loaned out. As things stand, the only serious option for Bale would be a move to MLS. “It’s a league which is growing,” he himself admitted not so long ago. “A lot of players want to go there now. It’s something that would interest me. I loving going to Los Angeles on holiday. I play a lot of golf out there…”.