Bale’s future has been the subject of much speculation after he spent last season on loan at Spurs, having been frozen out at Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.
But with Carlo Ancelotti now in the Bernabeu hotseat, the Wales star is expected to get a second chance to shine for Los Blancos.
Bale is being viewed as a free signing by Ancelotti – and will be part of a three-pronged attack also comprising Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.
That’s according to a report from AS, which says that is the new manager’s planned forward line if the La Liga giants do not succeed in their ‘more than complicated’ pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.
The Spanish publication points out that there are concerns over the injury records of Bale and Hazard, with the former having suffered knee problems at Spurs at season, while the latter has had several issues since joining from Chelsea in 2019.
But there are hopes that Bale can reproduce his best form if he can prove his fitness – with the Welsh forward having enjoyed a better scoring rate per minute for Spurs last season than Madrid’s top marksman Benzema.
After a slow start to his Tottenham return last season, Bale ended up scoring 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances last term, including five in his last six top-flight games.
He netted another five in other competitions – giving him a scoring rate of one every 104 minutes, compared to Benzema’s one every 129 minutes.
There was speculation he could return to the club where he spent six seasons before earning a £90million move to Madrid in 2013.
But new Spurs boss Nuno recently confirmed that wouldn’t be happening – despite facing up to the possible prospect of life without Harry Kane next season.
“Gareth Bale will not be part of our squad,” said the Tottenham manager when asked about the Welshman.
AS claims Bale is weighing up the possibility of leaving Madrid in the middle of the season for an MLS club, as he looks to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the best possible shape before potentially hanging up his boots.
Meanwhile, he is not the only player being viewed as a free signing at Madrid this summer – with midfielders Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos returning to the club from Arsenal.
According to AS, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is set to be frustrated in any attempt to take Odegaard back to the Emirates, with the 22-year-old being viewed as a crucial player ahead of next season.
The report says the exile of Bale, Odegaard and Ceballos under Zidane was central to ‘the loss of trust’ between Madrid’s board and the French coach.
And with the club having also signed former Bayern Munich David Alaba on a free transfer, new coach Ancelotti is gearing up for his second spell in charge at the Bernabeu with what are being regarded as four new additions at no extra cost.
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