As per a report from Spanish outlet El Confidencial this afternoon, Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has already accepted the fact that he will be pushed out of the club this summer.
Since having enjoyed a stellar, relatively injury-free first two seasons at the Bernabeu following his move from Premier League outfit Tottenham in 2013, Welsh superstar Bale has since become something of a running joke amongst fans in Spain due to his constant injury troubles.
Last season marked a particularly difficult period in the 28-year-old’s career, with Bale managing just 17 La Liga starts across the entire campaign, as ankle and calf problems kept him out of action for over 4 months combined.
The current campaign has seen Bale handed starts in exactly half of the Spanish and European champions’ league outings, along with just a pair of starts in the Champions League.
However, while injuries have once again hampered Bale in patches, a telling factor this season has been that, even when fully fit, especially over the last couple of months, the Southampton youth product has been largely left out of Real’s starting XI by manager Zinedine Zidane.
As such, rumours linking Bale with an imminent summer departure from the Spanish capital this summer have been rife in the media over recent months, with Manchester United the side most heavily-touted as a potential destination.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of the talents of Bale, and was openly seeking another body to add to his options out wide for Manchester United during the summer.
The Red Devils failed to secure the signature of no.1 target Ivan Perisic, but, despite Mourinho’s insistence that he will not be seeking reinforcements in attacking areas this summer, rumours of a bid for Bale have nevertheless persisted in the English press.
On the move
And, as per the aforementioned report from El Confidencial this afternoon, any move on the part of United to secure a deal for the Welsh all-time top goalscorer could well bare fruit this summer, amid claims that Bale ‘already assumes that he will leave Real Madrid’ at the end of the season.
The blistering wide-man has reportedly become disillusioned with his lack of game-time during the current crucial stretch in Los Merengues’ season, with the fact that all of Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were introduced ahead of him versus Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night a telling signal from Zinedine Zidane.
It remains to be seen how much of the record-breaking 100 million Euro transfer fee splashed out by Real on Bale’s signature the La Liga giants will attempt to recoup in a sale, but, in contrast to previous summers, the possibility that the 28-year-old could finally be set to depart the Bernabeu looks increasingly likely.