Friday, September 30

Gareth Bale’s Journey to Nowhere

Gareth Bale I didn’t play in San Mams. He didn’t even jump into the stadium band Athletic for warm up. It was never an option Carlo Ancelotti, who preferred to squeeze Friends Y Rodrygo and chose Isco as the first offensive option to try to win a pass to the Cup semifinals.

The Welshman was not the only one, for neither Hazard The Jovic, two other attackers, were taken into account by the Madrid coach. But your case is special. Neither the Belgian nor the Serbian have the background that Bale has as a Real Madrid player. Four times champion of Europe, with decisive appearances in the finals of 2014, 2016 and 2018, therefore has the status of a historic player in the white club.

With five months to go before his contract expires, all is doubt about Bale, although there are also some certainties. Ancelotti demonstrated in Bilbao that he does not count on him, free for the time being physical problems. This season he accumulates three injuries plus a positive for covid, which has reduced his playing time with Madrid to the minimum expression: 193 minutes spread over three games, the last of them on September 28, 2021. Because Gareth started the course as a starter, until his physique took him out of the team.

Ancelotti: Bale, Hazard and Jovic punished? Neither did Ceballos, Vallejo…

To never come back? Only Ancelotti knows, although the fact is that, since he is fit, he has accumulated three consecutive substitutions without a hint of minutes. In fact, this season he accumulates more minutes with Gales (232) than with Madrid, and it is precisely the horizon of his team that is the great attraction of the winger. Wales is measured at Austria from David Alaba on March 24, in the first playoff match for the Qatar World Cup. An appointment that Bale hopes to reach, although no longer as a Madrid player. His contract expires on June 30 and there is no turning back, but now the question is to know what Bale will do, if his team qualifies, to reach the World Cup event in conditions. If Wales fails, the former Tottenham I might even quit football. He is only 32 years old.

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On Sunday, before Granada, Bale will once again be an option for Carletto, barring another mishap. But very few of the 50,000 spectators who will gather at the It’s gray They hope to see you soon. His tremendous stride, the cannon of his left foot and his power in the aerial game already seem like images from another time, from another era. The era in which Bale was the favorite prince in the Madrid of King Cristiano. It seems like decades have passed…

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