Gareth Bale could make the Champions League final against Liverpool his last appearance for Real Madrid, but he must be back in full form before next Saturday.
The 32-year-old was absent from Los Blancos’ final domestic game of the season, a 0-0 draw with Real Betis, and it is all but confirmed that he will finally leave the Santiago Bernabéu after nine years when his lucrative contract expires next month. . . After the match, Carlo Ancelotti revealed why Bale was left out of the squad and hinted at his chances of playing against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“I wasn’t on the bench tonight because I wasn’t in shape,” Ancelotti explained after Friday’s LaLiga match. “He wanted to say goodbye to the fans here in the stadium. He has one last chance because he will be fit for the final.”
The Welshman’s last appearance for his club was on 9 April, after he was booed by the fans during a 2-0 win over Getafe. Now, however, Bale is ready to embark on a new chapter that he hopes will include a trip to Qatar for the World Cup later this year.
After last summer’s European Championships, there were rumors that the Welsh superstar would retire. Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has already stated that the winger will decide the future of his club depending on the outcome of the World Cup qualifying play-off final in Cardiff on June 5 against either Scotland or Ukraine.
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Bale will miss his national team’s initial training camp that begins Monday in Portugal as Rob Page’s side prepare to first face Poland on June 1 for a Champions League group stage clash. Nations.
Page has already approved of reports suggesting that Bale is considering a move to local club Cardiff City. “He ticks all the boxes,” declared the head of the Dragoons. “Ultimately it’s up to Gareth and Cardiff City. And I think he’s right to say, ‘let’s focus fully on the fifth’. Let’s get there first and have that discussion.”
“We can keep talking about it and guess and have our opinion on it, and it makes sense. It makes a lot of sense. It can be based on a training camp that you’re familiar with. Ultimately, let’s see what happens in 5 and I’ll probably be the first after the game to ask the question.
“If he was playing for Cardiff and we had qualified for the World Cup, I wouldn’t change my thoughts or my respect for Gareth at all. He would definitely be part of the World Cup squad anyway. As long as he plays football – that’s what most important to us.”