Madrid lose patience with Bale injuries
Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive footballer when he signed for Real Madrid for £85.3m in September 2013.
Born in Cardiff in 1989, he made his debut for Wales in 2006 at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player ever to play for Wales.
Gareth Bale last played for Real Madrid at Borussia Dortmund in late September.
Unsurprisingly, he scored one of the goals, a fine strike, in a 3-1 win.
When he plays for Real Madrid, it is not hard to see why Los Blancos paid huge money for the “Welsh Express”.
Bale has been sidelined with calf problems that affected him in the latter part of 2016/2017. The Real Madrid Galactico missed the Champions League games against Spurs and crucial Wales World Cup qualifier versus Republic of Ireland.
This week, with suggestions that he would be available for Real Madrid’s derby match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, he picked up a new injury.
Bale is now expected to be out until the end of the calendar year with a groin injury.
According to John Richardson in the Sunday Mirror, the forward is now being put up for sale by Real Madrid because the Spanish and European champions have, apparently, lost patience with him.
According to Richardson: “Real Madrid place £85million asking price on Gareth Bale as Spanish giants prepare to cash in on injury-prone star.”
The Spanish giants have placed Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs on alert as the Bernabeu hierarchy have become increasingly frustrated with his injuries.
The latest thigh problem, suffered while attempting to return after a nagging calf injury, is likely to rule the 28-year-old forward out for the rest of the year.
Real Madrid are now open to offers for their £85million star, who in more than four years in La Liga has won the Champions League three times, the Spanish title once and the Copa del Rey once.
He also helped Wales record one of their proudest achievements in reaching the European Championship semi-finals last summer.
But Liverpool and Wales legend Ian Rush believes Bale will benefit from staying in the Spanish capital due to the ability to gain "European experience."
"Gareth Bale is a world class player - every club in the world would want him," Rush told Mirror Football. "From a Welsh point of view, I'd like him to stay, to get more European experience. That will benefit Wales. Any English club would want Gareth Bale."