27 Jun 2022 | 08:18 | Football
Gareth Bale has written an open letter to club fans, ending his “dream” of nine years at Real Madrid. Where will the 32-year-old go next season?
Bale is set to leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires at the end of June and will pick up his fifth Champions League medal after a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Paris on Saturday – despite playing just seven minutes this season.
The Welsh winger’s experience in the Spanish capital has often been a roller coaster, including a high-profile row with Zidane, a spectacular header in the 2018 Champions League final as redemption, and a stint at former club Tottenham Hotspur. leased for a year. 2021/22.
His relationship with the club’s fans soured towards what is often considered a work-shy mentality towards the end of his time in Spain, when he was pictured with fans’ ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ flags in November 2019 , which didn’t help. Help his country qualify for Euro 2020.
Still, he was greeted with applause when he made his final public appearance as a Real Madrid player during Sunday night’s Champions League return, with an open letter to club fans on social media on Wednesday.
He tweeted: “I am writing this message to thank all of my teammates, past and present, my manager, the staff behind the scenes and the fans who have supported me.
“Nine years ago, I came here as a young man who wanted to fulfill my dream of playing for Real Madrid. Wear the original white jersey, wear the crest on the chest, play at the Santiago Bernabeu, win titles, be it Part of being so famous, winning the Champions League.
“I can now look back, reflect and honestly say that this dream has become a reality and there’s more. It’s amazing to be part of the history of this club and to achieve what we have achieved when I was a Real Madrid player. Incredible experience and one I will never forget.
“I would also like to thank President Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez and the board for giving me the opportunity to play for this club. Together we have created something that will stay with this club and football history forever on the moment.
“It was an honor. Thank you! HALA MADRID!”
Ron Walker of Sky Sports:
“There are several options for Gareth Bale this summer, although there isn’t a concrete one yet, as the decorated player will take his time thinking about his next, and perhaps last, transfer.
“His boyhood club Cardiff have been linked with a deal for a few weeks. While a move from Champions League winners to mid-table champions may seem far-fetched, Bell has been weighing the prospect of joining the Blue Jaysor local rivals Swansea, since the beginning of the year.
“Cardiff has already made some form after luring compatriot Craig Bellamy to South Wales at the age of 33 in 2012, with Bale at the same age moving in July.
“MLB is also being considered a potential destination for Bale as one of the newest European heavyweights to end his career in the U.S., with Washington United – where Wayne Rooney traded for two years – according to reports. – Already under negotiation.
“And then the result that all Wales fans would be afraid of – he totally hung up his boots. sky sports That possible outcome was also reported in January, but if Bale leads his country to a World Cup final for the first time since 1958, they face Scotland or Ukraine on Monday, then their talisman is to give up looking. It looks like the job is half done. “