Last week there was an audacious report from Spain claiming that once the Newcastle takeover was approved, our new owners would make signing Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale back a priority.
Spanish journalist and Rafa Benitez confidant Guillem Balague also said that Bale was not interested in joining Newcastle. This is what Balague said on his YouTube channel a few days ago.
“Bale doesn’t have an interest, right now, in going to Newcastle, even if [the takeover] happens. And then yes, it’s true that there will be a limit due to Financial Fair Play. That’s the story that Bale is not interested in going to Newcastle.”
Bale will turn 31 in July and still has two years remaining on his lucrative contract. His high wages will be an issue for any club that tries to sign the Welshman.
A move to the MLS is something that Bale has publicly stated he would be open to. This what the winger said late last month on The Hat-Trick podcast which features former Newcastle midfielder Ray Hudson:
“I think it’s a league that’s on the up and still rising. I think a lot more players want to come over to America now and play. I’d definitely be interested in it. I love going to Los Angeles on holiday and stuff like that.
“I really, really like the league. I think it’s grown so much over the years. When we come over and play them now in preseason, the games are difficult. The standard is getting a lot better, and I think all the clubs are improving, the facilities are improving, stadiums are improving.”
Bale fits the profile of a superstar who joins the MLS. They are generally on the downward slope of their career but still can get big money in the States.
Whether Bale is that point of his career is unclear. There are signs that the oft-injured winger is well past his prime. However, he’s still young enough to have a few good years left in him if he can remain fit.
Former Brazil and Barcelona great Rivaldo spoke to Betfair recently and is pushing Bale to return to England, with Newcastle specifically mentioned.
This is what Rivaldo had to say as published in the Mirror:
“There are rumors that Gareth Bale is being offered to MLS clubs and that he is looking forward to a move to the US soon,”
“But I still think he has something left to show in European football at 30 years old, before moving to the MLS.
“I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end, as his chances in the starting 11 will be limited, especially with potential new arrivals this summer.
“The club no longer trusts him to be a decisive player after some internal problems in the last few years.
“For that reason, leaving Real Madrid seems highly probable, but I suppose he should continue in Europe for at least two or three more years, and perhaps moving to the Premier League would be the best option for him now.”
“Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town, and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money,”
“It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it.
“At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign.”
If we had to guess where Bale would end up for next season, we don’t think it will be Newcastle or the MLS. He seems to us to be determined to remain in Madrid to push for his place and see out his contract.