Gareth Bale has hit out at his club Real Madrid, stating that they were the ones that blocked his transfer away from the club last summer. The Welsh winger is currently on international duty and spoke about his situation at Real Madrid for the first time since he has been frozen out by Real boss Zinedine Zidane. Bale said that ‘it feels nice to be somewhere where he is appreciated.
Bale told Sky Sports while he reported back in Wales: “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.” Bale and Wales will feature in the Nations League this weekend as they take on Finland and Bulgaria.
Bale was close on leaving the club last summer as a move to China came very close. Real then blocked the transfer at the final minute, keeping the forward at the Santiago Bernabeu for another season. It turned out to be a horror season for Bale, only playing 20 matches over the entire season and making less than 100 minutes after football in Spain returned from its three-month lockdown.
The forward says he is frustrated that attempts to leave the club have been blocked as he also states that he would be open to a return to the Premier League. “If those options arise it is something I’d look at for sure,” he said. “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. There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they’ve done something. It’s down to the club. 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”, he added. “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.” Bale signed for Real Madrid in 2013 and has helped the club win four Champions Leagues during his stay.