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(Guardian)   Of course he would rather play but he is 31, likes living in Spain, his young family is happy, the sun is out, and he is fantastically well paid. "Bale is going nowhere," said his agent, Capitan Obvious   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2020-07-24 8:44:14 AM  
Wales, Golf, Madrid.

Poor guy
 
2020-07-24 11:40:15 AM  
At this point the only negotiation for a transfer fee is if the bag of balls are new or used.
 
2020-07-24 12:48:43 PM  
There's an alternate universe where Spurs managed to keep the Bale - Modric - Berbatov team together for years, while assembling a competent defence.

That would have been a fun universe to live in.
 
2020-07-24 1:02:49 PM  

Brokenseas: There's an alternate universe where Spurs managed to keep the Bale - Modric - Berbatov team together for years, while assembling a competent defence.

That would have been a fun universe to live in.


That's like expecting Southampton to not sell its players to Liverpool.
 
2020-07-24 1:16:37 PM  

nursetim: At this point the only negotiation for a transfer fee is if the bag of balls are new or used.


The sticking point for Bale to leave has always been Real's transfer demands. If Real really wanted Bale gone he would be out the door and back in England or in China.

Bale is just a symptom of the rot that has always been at the core of Real Madrid
 
2020-07-24 1:23:58 PM  
I feel like I joined a soap opera that has been in progress for a while and have no idea who is who
 
2020-07-24 1:56:58 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: I feel like I joined a soap opera that has been in progress for a while and have no idea who is who


To summarize:

Gareth Bale was the star player for Tottenham Hotspur and an emerging star for Wales at the start of the 2010s, having converted from a defender to a very effective attacking player as he could better take advantage of his pace and height.

He joined Real Madrid in 2013 as a marquee signing, to the point they had to hide his transfer fee to avoid hurting Cristiano Ronaldo's feelings as Bale cost more than he did (no, really). He was very effective but recurring muscular injuries held him back from achieving his full potential for the club (which is scary to think about). Zinedine Zidane became the manager in 2016 and Bale's role in the team diminished rather significantly, as Zidane likes having a core group of players who he can always call upon. He was still able to make heroic appearances, but he was now a rotational piece when healthy.

When Zidane left in 2018, Bale rose once again to prominence as the key player of the team, though injuries once again kept holding him back. And after Zidane made his reappearance in 2019 once the team had churned through 2 managers, Zidane made no secret about the fact he wanted Bale to be sold. That ploy failed when no bid satisfied the Real board except a Chinese one, which Bale vetoed as his family was perfectly happy living in Spain.

Bale doesn't really care if he's not called upon, as he'll get paid anyway and Wales know that if they call him up for international matches, he'll give them his all.
 
2020-07-24 2:01:57 PM  
Correction: Real pulled the plug on the Chinese bid. Misremembered that part.
 
2020-07-24 2:56:58 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I feel like I joined a soap opera that has been in progress for a while and have no idea who is who

To summarize:


wow, thanks for that.  I knew was missing a bit of the story.
 
2020-07-24 4:08:02 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I feel like I joined a soap opera that has been in progress for a while and have no idea who is who

To summarize:

Gareth Bale was the star player for Tottenham Hotspur and an emerging star for Wales at the start of the 2010s, having converted from a defender to a very effective attacking player as he could better take advantage of his pace and height.

He joined Real Madrid in 2013 as a marquee signing, to the point they had to hide his transfer fee to avoid hurting Cristiano Ronaldo's feelings as Bale cost more than he did (no, really). He was very effective but recurring muscular injuries held him back from achieving his full potential for the club (which is scary to think about). Zinedine Zidane became the manager in 2016 and Bale's role in the team diminished rather significantly, as Zidane likes having a core group of players who he can always call upon. He was still able to make heroic appearances, but he was now a rotational piece when healthy.

When Zidane left in 2018, Bale rose once again to prominence as the key player of the team, though injuries once again kept holding him back. And after Zidane made his reappearance in 2019 once the team had churned through 2 managers, Zidane made no secret about the fact he wanted Bale to be sold. That ploy failed when no bid satisfied the Real board except a Chinese one, which Bale vetoed as his family was perfectly happy living in Spain.

Bale doesn't really care if he's not called upon, as he'll get paid anyway and Wales know that if they call him up for international matches, he'll give them his all.


You forgot the part where Spurs wasted almost all of that money on Chadli, Chiriches, Capoue, Soldado, Lamela, and Paulinho, plus a very good Ericksen. And also the fact that Bale saved Madrid in two Champion's League finals. I'd take him back in a heartbeat just to have Mourinho work with him and see the fireworks.

/COYS
 
2020-07-24 7:42:57 PM  

bamnuke: Princip's Sandwich: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I feel like I joined a soap opera that has been in progress for a while and have no idea who is who

To summarize:

Gareth Bale was the star player for Tottenham Hotspur and an emerging star for Wales at the start of the 2010s, having converted from a defender to a very effective attacking player as he could better take advantage of his pace and height.

He joined Real Madrid in 2013 as a marquee signing, to the point they had to hide his transfer fee to avoid hurting Cristiano Ronaldo's feelings as Bale cost more than he did (no, really). He was very effective but recurring muscular injuries held him back from achieving his full potential for the club (which is scary to think about). Zinedine Zidane became the manager in 2016 and Bale's role in the team diminished rather significantly, as Zidane likes having a core group of players who he can always call upon. He was still able to make heroic appearances, but he was now a rotational piece when healthy.

When Zidane left in 2018, Bale rose once again to prominence as the key player of the team, though injuries once again kept holding him back. And after Zidane made his reappearance in 2019 once the team had churned through 2 managers, Zidane made no secret about the fact he wanted Bale to be sold. That ploy failed when no bid satisfied the Real board except a Chinese one, which Bale vetoed as his family was perfectly happy living in Spain.

Bale doesn't really care if he's not called upon, as he'll get paid anyway and Wales know that if they call him up for international matches, he'll give them his all.

You forgot the part where Spurs wasted almost all of that money on Chadli, Chiriches, Capoue, Soldado, Lamela, and Paulinho, plus a very good Ericksen. And also the fact that Bale saved Madrid in two Champion's League finals. I'd take him back in a heartbeat just to have Mourinho work with him and see the fireworks.

/COYS


That was under heroics, which I had in the first draft of that comment. Of course I didn't forget. I didn't want to make the post too much longer, but I very fondly remember his exploits in 2014 and 2017.

/I still have the 2014 final thread favorited
//even completely crippled by cramp in 2017, he was braver than Cristiano ever will be
///Spurs' complete waste of that fee, aside from Eriksen, wasn't Bale's fault
 
2020-07-24 7:44:03 PM  
Also, it's unfair to put Soldado in that crop of shiate players. He just wasn't a PL player, like many haven't been (hello Di Maria). He tears it up in Spain, as he did once again with Granada.
 
2020-07-24 8:02:22 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: That was under heroics, which I had in the first draft of that comment. Of course I didn't forget. I didn't want to make the post too much longer, but I very fondly remember his exploits in 2014 and 2016.

/I still have the 2014 final thread favorited
//even completely crippled by cramp in 2016, he was braver than Cristiano ever will be
///Spurs' complete waste of that fee, aside from Eriksen, wasn't Bale's fault


Completely mixed up the year on that one. I forgot Atletico made 2 finals in 3 years. Thought it was further apart for a minute.
 
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