Gareth Bale has reportedly decided he has to leave Real Madrid to kick-start his sputtering career.
Months after a move to China fell through, Bale is hoping to seal a departure in January, sources told ESPN FC’s Rodrigo Faez.
It remains to be seen which team would come calling. Bale’s high wages and injury record could make it difficult for him to strike an agreeable deal in a short four-week window.
Bale was all set to join Jiangsu Suning on a lucrative contract in June, shortly after Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane publicly called for the 30-year-old to find another club. But the board reportedly called off the deal, believing the transfer fee was too low.
Zidane tried to make amends, starting Bale in six of Madrid’s opening eight matches of the La Liga season, but a calf injury interrupted that spell.
Bale reportedly has the support of his teammates, but a significant wedge remains between the player and manager. Zidane and his coaching staff believe the Welshman is living “in his own world,” Faez adds.