After several days of speculation linking Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale with a return to the Premier League, it now seems that Zinedine Zidane’s shock announcement that he will be stepping down as manager of the Spanish giants means the Wales international is set to stay at the Bernabeu.
Bale began the media frenzy surrounding his future when in the aftermath of his match winning performance in last weekend’s Champions League final, he immediately revealed his frustration at a lack of first team football in the Spanish capital, and admitted that he would be sitting down with his agent this summer to assess his options.
The 28-year-old is said be have become disillusioned with the favouritism Zidane showed towards Cristiano Ronaldo, and felt that he had become a periphery figure at the club.
However, according to a report in the Mirror the real reason Zidane has decided to quit as coach of the 13 times European Champions is because club President Florentino Perez demanded that Ronaldo be phased out and the team be built around Bale.
It now seems that for once Bale has come out on top in the game of politics in Madrid, and Real’s new coach will be given instructions to make him an integral part of things in the future.
This news will come as a major blow to Premier League clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs who had all been credited with varying degrees of interest in the talented attacker.