Former Wales head coach Chris Coleman has said that it is impossible to guess whether Gareth Bale will stay put at Real Madrid beyond the summer. The Wales international has been tipped to pursue a potential move away from the Bernabeu in the transfer window with Manchester United and Bayern Munich identified as his prime admirers.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Coleman indicated that Bale is content with proceedings at the European champions but he can’t assure of the Welshman’s stay beyond the ongoing transfer window, he said: “Players always have something to prove but I think whatever he decides on, wherever his future is – and it could still be Real Madrid next season or it could be somewhere else – he’s done a fantastic job with Madrid. I know he is happy there and has been happy there but it is impossible to tell what the future holds for anybody.”
Bale expressed his disappointment at the restricted gametime shortly after the Champions League final last season and his representative has since confirmed that talks are expected to be held between his client and new boss Julen Lopetegui. Meanwhile, a contrasting report suggested that Bale could stay remain with the European champions now that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club but his agent has recently rebuffed the claims citing that the meeting is scheduled to occur.
With Ronaldo off the club’s ranks, Bale could finally get the chance to start regularly in his preferred left-wing role but Los Blancos may yet have other plans in place for next season. According to reports, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been highlighted as one of the leading candidates who could succeed Ronaldo on the left side of the attack and any move for the Belgian may urge Bale to push through an exit.