It’s no secret that things haven’t really materialised for Gareth Bale since his move to Real Madrid back in 2013.
From a neutral view, it really is a shame because there’s no denying that on his day, he’s one of the most exciting and talented players in the game.
Sadly the relationship between him, the club and the fans has seemingly hit rock bottom, yet a move away is still yet to materialise.
Now Gareth Bale has given what is probably his most honest and candid interview to date, in which he insists that he was set to leave last summer, but the club blocked the transfer at the lat minute.
When quizzed by Sky Sports on any potential move this transfer window, Bale said his future was in Madrid’s hands.
“I think the club needs to answer that question because I tried to leave last year. They blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise.”
“There have been other instances where I have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they have done something.” He continued.
“It’s for the club. What can I say? I want to play football. I’m still motivated to play football. I guess it’s on the club. I can’t do much. They are in control of everything.
“I have a contract and all I can do is carry on with what I am doing and hopefully something comes up. It’s in the club’s hands.”
The attacker is now on duty with Wales ahead of the upcoming Nations League fixtures, a setup he openly admits that he prefers more than being with his club side.
“Whatever goes on at Madrid doesn’t really affect me. Everyone knows how passionate I am to play for Wales and how much I love coming away with Wales.
“When I come here I’m very happy, comfortable and feel welcomed. It’s nice to be back at a place where you are a little bit more appreciated and supported by your fans no matter what.
“I come here excited to play football and motivated to do well and get back to playing football where I belong.”
Could this finally be the window we see Bale part ways with the Spanish club?
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