Will Gareth Bale Leave Real Madrid This Transfer Window?

Will Gareth Bale see out his contract at Real Madrid after spending last season on loan at his old club Tottenham? The Welshman's deal is up next summer and Cardiff are the surprise favourites to capture his signature if he does leave.

Will Gareth Bale Leave Real Madrid This Transfer Window?
Will Gareth Bale Leave Real Madrid This Transfer Window?

Gareth Bale Club After Summer Transfer Window Odds*

TeamOddsBet With
To Stay at Real Madrid4/11Paddy Power
Cardiff City7/4Betfair
Tottenham6/1Paddy Power
Any MLS Club12/1MansionBet
Any Chinese Club14/1MansionBet
Manchester United14/1Betfair
Inter Milan16/1MansionBet
Everton25/1MansionBet
Arsenal25/1MansionBet
Paris Saint-Germain25/1MansionBet
Barcelona33/1MansionBet
Roma50/1Betfair

*Odds up to date as of August 30, 2021


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It was suggested at the end of last season that Gareth Bale was keen to have his Real Madrid contract terminated but the 32-year-old appears to be in Carlo Ancelotti's plans, at least for now.

Despite enjoying some major moments of success in Madrid, Bale has never been a fan favourite with Los Blancos supporters, to put it mildly.

He didn't set the world alight after returning to his former club Tottenham on loan last season but Bale did find some of his old form towards the end of the campaign, and finished the Premier League season with 11 goals in 20 games - half of those appearances coming from the substitutes' bench.

Spurs were among the frontrunners to snap him up at the start of the summer but the best betting sites now reckon a move to hometown club Cardiff City is considered more likely than a permanent switch back to Tottenham.

A move away from Europe to the MLS or Chinese Super League could be on the cards, while a number of other Premier League clubs may also be in the mix if Bale departs Madrid.

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Another Season in Madrid?

When quizzed on his future during last season, Bale maintained that his plan was to complete a year at Spurs and then head back to Madrid.

However the relationship between Bale and Real Madrid supporters soured to the extent that he was jeered at the Santiago Bernabeu numerous times before the pandemic hit and games went behind-closed-doors.

He infamously held up a flag while on international duty which read 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order', and in doing so riled up supporters of Los Blancos.

Despite injury struggles and some low points during his time in Madrid, Bale has made his mark on the big occasions. He netted twice in the 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool in 2018, including a spectacular bicycle kick.

Back in 2014, Bale scored a memorable winning goal in a Copa Del Rey final victory over Barcelona and also scored in the 4-1 Champions League final win against Atletico Madrid in extra-time that same year.

With Zinedine Zidane gone and replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, it now looks like there is a new lease of life for Bale at the Bernabeu. It seems like Ancelotti is planning for him to play a central role this season after he started the forward in a 4-1 win over Alaves on the opening weekend in La Liga.

Paddy Power now make Bale 4/11 to stay at Real Madrid beyond the summer transfer deadline on August 31st.

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Will Cardiff City Make the Surprise Capture of Bale?

There's no smoke without fire and Cardiff City have leapt to the head of the betting market when it comes to signing Gareth Bale. The Bluebirds operate in the Championship although it might be the case that the Wales forward can cancel his contract with Real Madrid and then choose to play for the Welsh club on his own terms rather than charge an extortionate amount of money.

It would clearly be a massive coup if Cardiff manage to land the signature of Bale given that he's still capable of producing stellar performances, with this being the sort of acquisition that could help the Bluebirds to return to the top flight.

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Return to Spurs?

Bale notched a total of 16 goals in all competitions during a turbulent campaign for Tottenham last season.

It's 14 years since he left Southampton for Tottenham as a 17-year-old, and he would go on to become one of the most coveted players in world football during his first stint with Spurs, before joining Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of around £85.3 million in 2013.

The North London club have missed out on qualification for the Champions League for the last two years in-a-row and that won't help persuade Bale to return.

But if Harry Kane is to make a big-money move to Manchester City, Spurs will likely have the financial means to make an offer for Bale before the summer is out.

There's no doubting that Spurs is a club close to the Welshman's heart, which is why they still haven't been ruled out in the betting odds to secure his services. Paddy Power have priced a Spurs return for Bale at 6/1.

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Stateside Move?

Bale has previously said that he would be interested in a move to the United States to play in the MLS and the odds hint that it's a possibility.

He turned 32 in July and could see America as the ideal place to wind down his career, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proven that it's possible to come back to Europe and still be successful after a stint in Major League Soccer.

Indeed, Bale has spoken about Los Angeles (where Ibrahimovic starred for LA Galaxy) as a preferred holiday destination in the past and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could make his permanent home there.

There is no doubt that Bale can command a higher wage elsewhere, however, with one of Europe's big guns, or possibly in the Chinese Super League, where former Chelsea star Oscar earns a weekly wage of around £390,000.

Premier League Ambitions?

The 31-year-old has won an incredible four Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, along with two La Liga titles, but hasn't yet had the opportunity to lift the Premier League trophy.

Tottenham's London rivals Arsenal are considered to be outside bets for his signature, while Manchester United, Man City and Everton haven't been ruled out of the running either.

Bale is 25/1 to join Everton with Betfair while Manchester United are 14/1 to bolster their numerous attacking options even further by securing his signature.

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Wales Future Clarified

Meanwhile, amid unsubstantiated reports that Bale was set to walk away from international football following Wales' exit from Euro 2020, the rumour has finally been put to bed after Robert Page named the 32-year-old in his latest squad for the upcoming qualifiers.

The source of such rumours remains unclear, but Bale opted not to dignify them with a response and his former Tottenham team-mate Paul Robinson admits he never understood the logic behind the suggestions.

"Why he would retire from international football at his age when he’s still got so much to give is beyond me," the former England goalkeeper told bookmakers.co.uk.

"He’s played some of his best football in a Wales shirt. We’ve seen some of the difficulties he’s had at Real Madrid over the past few years but he would always show up for Wales, he’s always enjoyed going away and playing for his country.

“Until he can no longer do that, I don’t see why he would retire."

Meanwhile, the Cardiff City rumour also took Robinson by surprise, but he expects Bale to remain at the top level whether that's in La Liga or the Premier League.

“The Cardiff City link came completely out of the blue," he said. "I think he’s still good enough to play in the Premier League. We saw at the end of last year in the games that he played in he was getting assists and goals, his ratio proved he can still do it at the top level, whether that’s at Real Madrid or somewhere else."