Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career looks over after Man City no-show & Los Blancos mull legal action to force him out

Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career is over after Man City no-show

Spanish paper El Confidencial have led their Sunday sports editorial section with a strong statement: Gareth Bale will never, never, never play for Real Madrid again.

Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League on Friday night following a self-inflicted 2-1 defeat at Man City.

Man City beat Los Blancos 4-2 on aggregate in their last-16 tie. The Citizens will now face Lyon in the final-8.

Gareth Bale was absent from Real Madrid’s travelling party in the Champions League.

Prior to the City game, Zinedine Zidane revealed why Bale would be a no-show at the Etihad Stadium:

It was a personal conversation I had with him. He preferred not to play.

The rest remains between me and him but he said he didn’t want to play.

Hours after Zidane’s comments, pictures spilled out on social media showing Bale back on the golf course in Spain.



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Bale’s long-standing history with golf has been well-documented.

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However, El Confidencial believe that Bale’s latest practice round may have cost him the rest of his Real Madrid career. Readers are told:

Gareth Bale will not wear the Real Madrid shirt again.

“He will not stain her again”, has been heard in the last hours in the club’s offices.

The images of the Welshman playing golf in Madrid on Friday, while his teammates were concentrating before playing the Champions League, have ended the patience of Florentino Pérez and Los Blancos directors.

 

Real Madrid mull legal action to force Bale out

31-year-old Bale is under contract at Real Madrid until June 2022.

Bale’s last goal for the La Liga title winners came on January 22nd against Unionistas, a team from the Spanish third tier, in the Copa del Rey.

Since football’s resumption in Spain two months ago, Bale has only played a little more than 100 minutes for Madrid.

And, if El Confidencial prove correct, Bale has now played his final match for Real – an issue which could be finalised by legal means if necessary.

El Confidencial believe that Bale “refused” to play for Madrid in the Man City match, plus in a previous game against Leganes.

That behaviour reflected a “lack of commitment that could even cause a suspension of employment and salary”.

However, the club could go a step further. El Confidencial suggest that Real Madrid are investigating whether Bale’s behaviour provided sufficient grounds for constructive dismissal.

It’s alleged that Bale’s actions amounted to a fundamental breach of his employment contract.

If that is the case, Real Madrid could force Bale out of the club without paying him compensation.

El Confidencial claim that while Real are holding off going down the legal route right now, the club are keeping this issue as a “silver bullet to use if necessary”.

 

The other key points made by El Confidencial on Gareth Bale

On Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, El Confidencial wrote:

At the Bernabeu they have grown tired of the half-truths of (Bale’s) agent, Jonathan Barnett.

The paper believe that the club are gearing up for a “battle” with Barnett, as they aim to get Bale off their books.

Jonathan Barnett has persistently stated that Bale is aiming to see out his contract in Madrid.

On Bale’s possible next club, it’s claimed that the Briton could move to the Premier League, China or the MLS. No specific club are named as a potential suitor, though.

 

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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