Every summer Real Madrid is left wondering whether Gareth Bale can return to its best, and now they are facing the familiar late Spring scenario. Los Blancos are left in need of the Welshman to rediscover his best form, but this time they don’t need it to happen over nine months, but only for a flash of 11 games to see them through until the end of the season.
Now that the club is getting used to the idea of the No.11 remaining in the capital for another year, they ‘re only thinking about finding a way to get the best out of it. Bale has no offers on the table this summer to leave the club, nor is he particularly interested in listening to any.
For this year, the Asian market is closed and there are not many other options. Newcastle may find him under new ownership, but no specific changes have been made yet and the club still has to announce its change in ownership. Tuesday, May 26 marked the second anniversary in Bale’s double in the Champions League final against Liverpool, which was his last major night for the club.
Since then, the two seasons have undoubtedly been his most disappointing in Spain. Bale started well under Julen Lopetegui but quickly faded when Santiago Solari came in and that decline continued only after Zinedine Zidane returned. The Frenchman wanted him to sell to China in 2019 but no deal was agreed and Bale continued at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
He has managed just three goals in 18 games in 2019/20, not scoring in LaLiga Santander since September 1. Even Mariano Diaz has overtaken him in the pecking order, making it clear just where he sits in the plans of Zidane. But for Bale, the COVID-19 enforced break has changed things.
He’s trained well and without injury, he ‘s back to his best physically and there’s newfound hope that Zidane could find a way to fit him into his plans. Now, with a sprint ahead to finish the season, the Welshman could find minutes waiting for him from now until the end of 2019/20.