Gareth Bale has been tipped to leave Real Madrid
That’s the opinion of Madrid legend Predrag Mijatovic.
Bale was hotly tipped to leave the Bernabeu for the Chinese Super League after a public falling-out with Zinedine Zidane.
The Welsh winger had a spat with the boss during Madrid’s pre-season tour of America, after he was left out of multiple matchday squads.
His £650,000-per-week wages put off many clubs, however, as it seemed Bale was happy to stay in Madrid and play golf rather than leave and play regular football elsewhere for less money.
He was reportedly presented with the chance to become the world’s highest-paid player with a move to China, but the two clubs cold’t come to an agreement.
Bale was reportedly offered a contract worth €25million [£21.8m] per-year by Shanghai Shenhuai, but the CSL side were unable to pay the transfer fee requested by Madrid.
Now, however, it appears Shenhua will go back in for him in the January transfer window, and Mijatovic has urged Madrid to make a decision on whether they want him or not.
Gareth Bale was tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer
“Madrid wanted to sell him over the summer but they couldn’t find a solution,” Mijatovic said on Spanish TV show El Larguero on Cadena SER.
“A decision needs to be made, he has three years left on his contract and that complicates things.
“In terms of numbers, I think Bale has already been profitable.
“If a player of this salary is not motivated, it is better to leave for free and take the salary off.
“It may be worth it to transfer him, even if it is not the money you might think you would get for him.
“If it is better to let it go free than to keep it? Without any doubt, I believe.
“He seems quite a particular person, which might mean he comes across as being a bit strange,
“But to have someone like that at the club, who they say isn’t integrated and has other, more important worries than his own team and his club, [the perception is] the first thing he thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid.
“I haven’t spoken to him – but that’s how he comes across.”