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Despite want-away talks, Bale eager to regain lofty playing status at Real Madrid


Gareth Bale’s star dipped at Real Madrid last season.

The culprit? Injuries.

But after recovering, he fought his way back to be recognised again, at least, in coach Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order.

So, is all well at Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu club?

At the rate talks are circulating, the Welshman is contemplating on leaving the La Liga giants and join a team where his talent can be utilized to the fullest.

In case you still remember, Wales broke the then world-record transfer fee in 2013 when Real Madrid got his signature for €100 million. Bale then was Tottenham Hotspur’s main man and his previous salary was €85.3 million.

The fleet-footed winger peppered the Premier League with 21 goals in 33 appearances during his final season with the Spurs.

With Real, the Welshman has now scored 47 goals in 81 La Liga appearances, and won two Champions League titles in three seasons.

However, something “more’’ is being wanted from him.

In lieu of his want-away move rumours, his agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told Real Madrid that Bale will not be forced into a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain.

And in case he finally severs ties with the Los Blancos, his preferred destination is Manchester United.

At the moment, Bale is keen to stay and fight for his place at Madrid.

His handlers even asked Real officials to lend an ear in case United make an offer.

Bale lost grip of his place at Madrid at the end of last year after an injury ruled him out of the La Liga campaign.

But he bounced back in time for the Champions League. Sadly, Isco’s form was skyrocketing by that time and the Welshman was made to be a substitute.

There were also hearsays that if Monaco ace Kylian Mbappe is tapped by Real, Bale could be in a dilemma to give way.

Complicating matters was Zidane’s reported desire to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, this despite Ronaldo also saying he will leave Spain and play elsewhere if Real do not support him in his tax fraud allegation case.

The emergence of playmaker Marco Asensio has reportedly also impeded Bale’s attempt to regain his lofty place with the team.

As his status remains unclear, Bale’s teammate Luka Modric came to his rescue.

Modric said Bale has already settled in at Real and will be back for the next season.

The Croatian playmaker lauded Bale as someone who will do everything for the team and that is the most important thing.

In addition, Modric said Bale does not want to be above the team and is very humble.

Being the odd one out appears to be not in the vocabulary of Bale.

A player with his calibre deserves only fair treatment.

His backers are hoping injuries won’t vex him next season for they know Bale’s best is still about to come.