As the dust settles on the Champions League final, Welshman Gareth Bale took all the headlines for the first of his two winning goals for Real Madrid and his comments post-match created even more talking-points.
As a substitute, Bale scored two from the bench including a wonder goal overhead kick which is set to be replayed over and over, but the 28-year old told BT Sport (via BBC Football); "I need to be playing week in, week out, and that's not happened this season."So as a summer of speculation on the Welshman’s future begins, What Are The Odds looks at the Gareth Bale next club odds market at Sky Bet.
With four Champions League final winner medals for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, there’s little doubt of the attacker’s place in history as one of the greatest ever British players. Talks are expected between Bale’s representatives and Real Madrid in the coming weeks and speculation will only heighten after the obvious frustration of being left on the bench for the Champions League final - despite scoring five in his last four La Liga appearances.
Manchester United’s odds have shortened after the final to just 15/8 (2.88). Jose Mourinho’s United have long been linked with Bale’s signature and might be one of the very few clubs in England that can afford to finance such a signing.
Tottenham are the logical choice and there was talk that when Bale signed for Madrid that his former club would have the option to buy back - however, his huge wages would go beyond what is normally paid at Spurs by chairman Daniel Levy. The price of 5/1 (6.00) indicates that there’s some way for Spurs to get into contention as real frontrunners.
Chelsea need some big signings to re-boost their ailing side and with a new manager likely to be appointed, it could be a new era in west London. So could Gareth Bale’s next club be Chelsea? Odds of 12/1 (13.0) suggest it’s a bit of an outside bet.
Bayern Munich were linked to Bale prior their clash in the Champions League semi-finals and if he decides to move within Europe, rather than a return to England, then a club hungry for European success could well be a decent outside shout - 14/1 (15.0) is on-offer from Sky Bet.
Paris Saint-Germain, another club likely to be able to finance an expensive Gareth Bale transfer are backed at 22/1 (23.0).
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