It will be three months since Gareth Bale last wore a Real Madrid shirt and took it to the pitch – his last appearance for the Kings in La Liga was on August 28. Since then, the footballer has only managed to play in a few matches for the Wales national team, returning from both training camps with a new injury.
This situation caused great frustration among Los Blancos fans – Recently there was an unpleasant confrontation of Bale with the fans outside Real Madrid’s training center in Valdebebas. His agent Jonathan Barnett recently commented on the player’s relationship with the Madridista supporters.
As Barnett said in a statement to Spanish journalists, the fans behaved “in a scandalous manner” towards Bale. At the same time, he stated that his stepson loves the Spanish capital, is happy with life in this city and has a good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti.
For this reason, Mundo Deportivo indicates that Bale may try to extend his contract with “Royal”, which expires at the end of next June. However, the Catalan daily points out that even if Real Madrid were prepared to adopt such a solution (which seems highly unlikely), Brexit and the change in the rules of Spanish football that would result would be an obstacle.
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Britain finally exited the European Union on January 31, 2020. As it is mid-season, La Liga has decided, after consulting with the AFE (Spanish Football Federation) and RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation), that until the end of the 2020/2021 season, players will continue carrots. To be treated according to the rules as players from European Union countries. The validity of this provision has also been extended to the 2021/2022 campaign – with the approval of the CSD (Supreme Sports Council).
However, on June 30, 2022, exactly the day Bale’s contract with Real Madrid expires, the old rules are in limbo – from July 1, British players will already be covered by the restrictions imposed on non-EU players. Real Madrid have no intention of giving up any of their players in favor of a permanently injured Welshman.
Gareth Bale had to replace one of the three Brazilians: Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior or Rodrygo. Even assuming that Vinicius would eventually obtain Spanish citizenship and be “liberated” from the quota, the former Tottenham player would still be unwelcome at the Bernabeu. Unless he certainly lowers his massive financial requirements.
Of course, Real have more players from outside the European Union – but they usually have Spanish passports – this is the case of Brazilian Marcelo or Uruguayan Federico Valverde. However, there is nothing to rely on for Spanish documents.
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