Real Madrid are reportedly considering selling Gareth Bale in the summer after the winger failed to fill the considerable void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.
Bale has mustered just two goals in his last seven appearances for Real and is no longer guaranteed a place in the starting lineup for Santiago Solari’s side.
According to Marca, Bale could leave Real at the end of the season as the club consider using the Welshman as a bargaining chip to sign either Chelsea’s Eden Hazard or Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
8-year-old Vinicius Junior has jumped ahead of Bale in the pecking order at Real, and the club have been left frustrated that the 29-year-old has been unable to take his game to the next level since Ronaldo left.
Despite being in his sixth season at Real, Bale still hasn’t learnt Spanish, while his injury problems are another cause for concern.
There is still time, however, for Bale to change Real’s mind regarding his situation, and he is eager to stay at the club.
If Bale was to depart then Manchester United and Chelsea would be possible destinations.
A return to Tottenham, where Bale spent six years of his career, would appear unlikely at this stage given that the north London club will not be able to spend large amounts due to the expense of their new stadium.
Bale’s current contract at The Bernabeu runs until the summer of 2022, but a significant change is needed if he is to see that deal out.
During his time at Real, Bale has won the Champions League on four occasions and has also won the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.
This season Bale has scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 30 appearances across all competitions.