A meeting between Gareth Bale’s representatives and Real Madrid chiefs which could decide his long term future is to take place soon, sources have told ESPN FC.
Wales international Bale used a post-match interview after his match-winning display in the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool to reveal he was considering his future.
The 28-year-old’s unhappiness at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium came as he lost his starting place for the biggest games under then-Madrid coach ZinedineZidane.
Zidane’s abrupt resignation and replacement with ex-Spain national team manager JulenLopetegui could lead to a re-evaluation of the situation, and a course close to Bale said the . made after the final may or may not be reconsidered depending on the results of a meeting.
Lopetegui’s departure from the Spain squad in Russia to start work immediately at Madrid means planning for the 2018-19 campaign can properly begin, with the futures of Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo surely high on the agenda of the new coach.
Bale is under contract until the end of the 2021-22 season, having signed a six-year deal in October 2016. Although regularly linked with a return to the Premier League throughout his five seasons in Spain, he has always dismissed the idea when speaking publicly until he fell down the pecking order under Zidane.