Time to go Gareth! Bale will never be the star at Real Madrid
Quite what Gareth Bale would have said had he been given the opportunity to say goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu last Sunday can only be speculated upon.
The season has been a washout – both on a personal and collective level – and there is a lack of warm sentiment towards Bale from those who pay to watch him play every week.
There is every chance he would have been booed; and had he taken a microphone, his lack of fluent Spanish would have been again in the spotlight.
Madrid had just been beaten 0-2 at home by Real Betis, their 12th La Liga loss of the season. Bale stayed on the bench throughout, his first appearance in a Zinedine Zidane matchday squad for the best part of a month.
An exit looks ideal for all concerned. The chief problem will be which team might be willing and able to extract him from the Spanish capital.
The most obvious destination for a highly-paid, soon-to-be 30-year-old with an inconsistent injury record is Manchester United.