Where Will Gareth Bale Be Playing Next Season?

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, although there are reports that the forward might retire completely from club football in twelve months' time.

Where Will Gareth Bale Be Playing Next Season?

Gareth Bale’s Next Club Odds*

TeamOddsBet With
Cardiff City11/8William Hill
Tottenham5/1William Hill
Inter Miami10/1William Hill
Chelsea20/1William Hill
Paris Saint-Germain20/1William Hill
Juventus25/1William Hill
Bayern Munich33/1William Hill
Inter Milan50/1William Hill
Barcelona60/1William Hill
Arsenal100/1William Hill

*Odds up to date as of July 8, 2021


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Reports from Spain have suggested that Gareth Bale is keen to have his Real Madrid contract terminated and the 31-year-old is expected to shortly confirm his plans now that Wales have completed their Euro 2020 campaign.

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

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

Spurs are among the frontrunners to snap him up when looking at the betting odds, but Bale’s enormous earnings – reportedly worth over €600k a week before tax – could be a major stumbling block in the way of any potential deal.

A move to the MLS or Chinese Super League could be on the cards, while a number of other Premier League clubs could also be in the mix. However, some betting sites favour a move to hometown club Cardiff City, which would shock even the most optimistic Bluebirds fans.

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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.

Return to Spurs?

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

The North London club have missed out on qualification for the Champions League for the last two years in-a-row and are still searching for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April, so that instability may well encourage Bale to opt for a different challenge next season.

There's no doubting that Spurs is a club close to the Welshman's heart, however, which is why they are currently priced at relatively short odds to secure his services.

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.

Speaking after scoring a brace against Leicester in a 4-2 win on the final day of the season, Bale hinted that he had made a call on his future but that it would not be revealed until after Euro 2020. Whether or not that means a return to Spurs remains to be seen.

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Another Season in Madrid?

When quizzed on his future during the season, Bale maintained that his plan was to complete a season 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.

He had fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane before the loan move to Spurs, but with Zidane gone and replaced with Carlo Ancelotti, it may be possible that there is a new lease of life for Bale at the Bernabeu.

At 66/1, the betting odds suggest a move to El Clasico rivals Barcelona is a complete non-runner, though it would make for a fascinating storyline next season.

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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 turns 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.

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

Bale's hometown club Cardiff City can also be backed to secure his services in a surprise move. The obvious stumbling block here is that he would have to sacrifice a huge amount of money if he decided to drop down to play for the Championship side.