Gareth Bale is again a problem for Real Madrid. The Welshman was the best player in the start of the season, despite all the rumours during the summer about his departure to the Chinese League. Zinedine Zidane started to count on him and Bale was answering with goals and good performances. However, his injury against Croatia in the last international break changed everything.
Since then, Bale has not played any minute with Real Madrid. The Welshman has started to run with the group and he’s now touching ball. However, he won’t participate in the crucial game against Galatasaray on Wednesday and it’s very unlikely that he can play against Eibar during the weekend. Nevertheless, Ryan Giggs has included him in the list of Wales to play the last two games of the qualification to the Euro.
Bale has been heavily criticized in the last months because he seems more concerned about his national team than to the club paying his salary. He travelled to London recently even if he was injured and left the stadium before the game against Betis ended, showing a lack of interest in the team. Now, this new chapter is only adding wood to the fire.
Wales have to play two very important games to qualify to the next Euro. They have to play against Azerbaiyan away and Hungary at home in the next international break. Giggs’ men need to win both games to have any chance to qualify to the tournament because right now they are fourth, four points behind Hungary and two behind Slovakia. Therefore, Bale’s participation in these two clashes will be very important for his team.
Bale’s last game with Real Madrid was one month ago, on the 5th of October against Granada and he has only scored in one game in La Liga this year, a brace in Villarreal. Again, his performances and his injuries have been controversial, even more now if he only plays with his national team and not with his club.
In the middle of this situation, English newspapers published this week that Real Madrid have offered Bale and €85M for Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, although this bid looks very unlikely. Some other newspapers in Spain are reporting that Bale could left the club even in January. For sure, supporters and the coach cannot be happy about his last months with the club.