Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League this summer with reports that the Spanish giants are willing to sacrifice him to land a new Galactico, such as Eden Hazard or Christian Eriksen. There are also strong links to Manchester United – who have been linked with the 29-year-old more-or-less every transfer window since his move to Madrid six years ago.
Bale has been on the receiving end of criticism and abuse form the Los Blanco’s fans in the past – including attacks on his car when leaving the Bernabeu – however, that criticism has grown again this season as the winger was expected to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots, which hasn’t been the case as Real Madrid are third placed in La Liga – already nine points behind leaders Barcelona, while Bale has only found the net six times.
Bale left Spurs six years ago for the Spanish capital and has won multiple trophies since – including four Champions League medals. The 29-year-old set the Premier League alight before his massive move to Spain, scoring 42 goals and setting up a further 20 in his 146 appearances and picking up the Player of the Season award in his last season.
Although he hasn’t always been consistent at Madrid he has shown his quality on several occasions – including his great solo goal against Barca, when he left Alba behind with his lightning pace and, of course, his jaw-dropping overhead kick against Liverpool in last years Champions League final.
It is reported that Bale has struggled to adapt to life in Spain and despite living there for the last six years – he is yet to even learn the language. Bale, more than likely, wouldn’t have a problem adapting back to the Premier League if he moved back to England.
Bale is also struggling for a starting place under Santiago Solari at the minute as 18-year-old Vinicius Junior has nicked his position in the starting 11. He has starting just once in Madrid’s last five La Liga games, while the Madrid boo-boys have been on his back again in recent weeks. If fit, he would be one of the first names on the team sheet at Manchester United or Chelsea – or any of the top teams in the Premier League that have been linked with him.
At 29-years-old he is in the peak years of his career and with Madrid in decline since the departure of Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, this summer seems the perfect opportunity for him to return to England and try add the famous Premier League title to his packed trophy cabinet.