Four-time CL winner leaves Real Madrid after nine years transfer-free

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 8:35 PM• Mart van Mourik • Last update: 21:03

Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer, agent Jonathan Barnett confirms in conversation with Deportes Cuatro† The Welshman has an expiring contract and does not intend to extend it. It is not yet clear where the future of the 32-year-old attacker lies.

On Tuesday evening, Barnett confirms that the Real Madrid era is over for Bale. The attacker’s decision does not come completely unexpectedly, as he has been at odds with the supporters of . in recent years the Royal† In the current season, mainly due to injuries, Bale only played 270 minutes, while, according to marcaearns an annual salary of 34 million euros, making it the highest paid player of Real Madrid.

“It’s not Gareth Bale’s decision not to play,” Barnett told the Spanish medium. “You have to ask Ancelotti why he isn’t playing. I can’t criticize Ancelotti, but it’s his decision. Bale has nothing to prove to the fans. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He is a quiet boy who does not want to talk to the press, but just wants to play football. Why does he have to answer?” Barnett calls for a grand farewell at the Santiago Bernabéu. “In the next 20 years, the fans will see how good Bale was, and they will regret it. He deserves a big goodbye to the club, Florentino Perez has always supported him.”

In the last international match, Bale lashed out hard at critics in the Spanish media. The star player of Wales was marca referred to as a ‘parasite’ because he missed the game with Barcelona (0-4 defeat) and signed off with his trainer Carlo Ancelotti with ‘pains’. marca Incidentally, he also used the subtitle: “Ledsucker, disappointment, pain, stars…” It turned out that Bale had arrived at the training camp in Wales in top condition and could ‘just’ play in the semi-finals of the play-offs for a World Cup. ticket against Austria. “I don’t have to send anything. It’s a waste of time, it’s… it’s disgusting. And they should be ashamed of themselves,” Bale said.

In the summer of 2013, the 102-time international was taken over from Tottenham Hotspur for a then record amount of 101 million euros. As a player for Madrid, Bale won no fewer than seventeen main prizes in a period of nine years. He has won the Champions League four times, won the national title twice and won the Copa del Rey in 2014. It is not yet clear where or if Bale will continue his career. Last international break, he also hinted at a farewell to professional football.