Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid is getting more and more difficult. The Wales national team striker posed in front of a poster with a ‘taunt’ towards Spanish media who said Bale placed Madrid in third priority after the Wales national team and golf.
After Wales’s 2-0 victory over Hungary in the final match of Group E European Cup Qualification 2020 on Wednesday (11/20/2019) early morning local time, Bale celebrated his team’s success to qualify for the finals by posing behind a banner that read: “WALES. GOLF MADRID … In That Order. ” The slogan started with a song echoed by Welsh fans who made fun of the Spanish media portrayal of Bale, who was accused of putting Madrid at the bottom of his priority list and spending too much time playing golf.
According to former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon, the incident could make Bale lose his place in the first team, Zinedine Zidane. Madrid will host Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu, in the continued La Liga 2019/202, Saturday (11/23/2019).
“It will be difficult for Bale now because it is very childish to pose behind the banner,” Calderon told The Athletic as reported by the US.
“The fans are very angry because of course, they do not like it, considering he has rarely played for a team this season. Therefore he took international duty with Wales and played in two matches.” “This is a difficult situation for Zidane and he will not be happy with Bale for posing with the banner. Bale adds fuel to the fire and it will be difficult for Zidane to put it in the starting line-up and also the bench.” Bale was reportedly close to joining the Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in July but failed at the last minute.
Calderon, president of Madrid from July 2006 to January 2009, also suggested that Bale returns to Tottenham Hotspur where Jose Mourinho had become his new coach replacing fired Mauricio Pochettino.
“He is linked with the Chinese club but that is only for players who are at the end of their careers or who are looking for money,” Calderon added.
While from England Mourinho reportedly included Bale in his team’s plans at Tottenham. According to the Spanish newspaper, AS, Mourinho has placed Bale as the number one target.
Mourinho made no secret of his desire to sign Bale while still a manager of Manchester United. Ahead of the 2017 European Super Cup, between Real Madrid and United, Mourinho openly talked about his plans to recruit Bale.