Gareth Bale says of being open to leaving Real Madrid this summer, and a return to play at the English Premier League is what he finds suitable, yet the Spanish club has been accused by the forward of “making things very difficult.”.
Gareth Bale blames Real Madrid for not allowing him to leave sooner and says it is nice to feel “appreciated” when he joins up with the Wales squad.
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The 31-year-old almost left Real Madrid last summer for a move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on a £1m-a-week 3-year deal but was blocked at the last minute, he said: “I think the club needs to answer that question because I tried to leave last year. They blocked everything at the last second.
“It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise. There’s been other instances where we’ve tried to go but the club won’t allow it or done something. So it’s on the club, I can’t really do anything. I have a contract.
“All I can do is carry on what I’m doing and hopefully something comes up. But as I said, it’s in the club’s hands. They make things very difficult, to be honest.”
Since then, Bale has made just 20 appearances for the club and only two of those came after the football’s restart following lockdown.
Speaking before Wales’ UEFA Nations League fixtures facing Finland and Bulgaria, Gareth Bale exclusively told Sky Sports News: “I think everyone knows how much I love coming away with Wales. It’s nice to be back at a place where you are a little bit more appreciated and supported by your fans no matter what.”
Zinedine Zidane have told that Bale didn’t want to play in their Champions League last-16 second leg with Manchester City last month, but the 31-year-old responded that he wants to play football and would consider a return to the Premier League if Real Madrid allow him to move on.
Bale appeared frustrated that several attempts to leave Spain have been blocked by the club and says his future relies in Real Madrid’s hands with two years left on his contract.
He was linked with a Tottenham return in January but Zinedine Zidane opted to keep Gareth Bale at Madrid.
“If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I’d look at for sure,” he added.
“We’ll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands. I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn’t materialise.
“I want to play football, I am still motivated to play football, so I guess it’s on the club. They are in control of everything. I have a contract, all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully something comes up.
“I am only 31 still but I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give. We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult to be honest.”
Gareth Bale is currently with the Wales squad on Nations League and will captain Ryan Giggs’s side against Finland. “Whenever I come here I feel very happy, I feel very comfortable and welcomed,” he said. “Whatever goes on at Madrid goes on at Madrid. “It doesn’t really affect me.”