Bale and Zidane

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman gives update on Bale’s Real Madrid future

Staying put?

Former Wales boss Chris Coleman has been speaking about Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future this week and has hinted at what he could decide to do.

The Welshman has struggled in recent months and his future is well and truly up in the air.

Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been credited with interested in the player and he could be set for a Premier League return.

Though, Sunderland boss and former Wales manager Chris Coleman has suggested he could stay at Real Madrid.

‘After his first year when I used to do the Welsh press conferences, they always used to ask, “The Spanish press are not very happy with him, has he got a future there?”. I think he’s won three Champions Leagues there,” he explained. 

‘All right, he’s done a good stint there, but the last time I spoke to him, he was very happy in Madrid, his family is settled there.

‘But he is who he is, Real Madrid are who they are and there are comings and goings all the time.

‘If you work so hard to get to a stage in your career where you are seen as one of the better players and you are playing for one of the biggest clubs, that’s not somewhere where you want to leave, I would imagine.

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Where to?

Not only was he talking about whether the player would even want to leave a club like Real Madrid, he speculated where the player could possibly go.

Safe to say, he claimed the player would ‘probably’ choose the Premier League but insists he was happy in Madrid the last time he spoke to him.

‘Where does he go from there that’s bigger? There’s nowhere bigger, so if he does leave Madrid, where’s he going to go? It’s going to have to be another giant club.

‘Is it back here? Probably, maybe if he does move, if it’s on the cards. But the last conversations I had with him, he was happy there. He liked the life in Madrid, loved the club.

‘But I don’t know, to be honest.’

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