La Liga 2016-17: Gareth Bale seeking parity with Cristiano Ronaldo in his new contract with Real Madrid
Toni Kroos has already put pen to paper on the new contract that keeps him in Madrid until 2022 and the management has now intensified their efforts to retain other key players in the current squad. With Gareth Bale moving into the second half of his current contract with the Los Blancos, the hierarchy at the Santiago Bernabeu have made their intention clear to extend the 27-year old’s tenure with the club beyond 2019 alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Pepe.
It has been three years since Real Madrid broke the bank to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspurs for a then world record fee of €100.8 million and the attacker has more than justified the club’s faith in him by putting in imperious performances across competitions.
While his Real Madrid career did not begin as expected, Bale has subsequently established himself as a vital cog in the wheel for his side. He has found the back of the net on 61 occasions in 132 appearances and has also provided numerous assists to help his side maintain their status as Footballing elite.
While that might seem easy, especially with the reputation and the wealth of the club involved, the talks have complicated due to the Welshman seeking better terms in his new contract. If reports from the Times are to be believed, Bale is seeking parity in terms of weekly wages with the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and that might present an opportunity for interested clubs to move in quickly and swoop in for the in demand attacker.
Bale currently pockets a cool €580,000 per week prior to taxes and has made the hierarchy known that they will need to offer him a hike of €250,000 and match the figure currently earned by the former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, believed to be a gross weekly wage of €830,000 to ensure his future remains with the club.
However, with 3 years still left on his contract, there is a possibility that Real Madrid could be open to letting the player leave as he is still expected to fetch a heavy fee after his performances with the club.
Should he convince the club to offer him the wages demanded and agree to the new deal, it is believed that his new contract with the club is expected to contain a release clause of €500 million, which would serve as a deterrent to other clubs who might be keen to avail of his services.
While the rumoured release clause does indicate how highly Real Madrid rate the Welshman, time has shown us that no player is irreplaceable and Bale’s seemingly irrational demands could see him leave Real Madrid.
Manchester United amongst several clubs, have shown an interest in bringing the Welshman back to England and the current situation could prove to be their last opportunity to bring the talismanic forward to Old Trafford. However, it remains to be seen if the club would be willing to make him the highest-paid player at the club.