Reports: Real Madrid offer Gareth Bale 'lifetime contract' to stay at the club
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to offer Gareth Bale a 'lifetime' contract offer at the club which is expected to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu for the following seven years minimum. Not even their record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo got that offer from Florentino Perez and the club.
Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 and has since established himself as one of the best players in the team behind maybe only Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos but his performances for the club towards the latter end of this season and his ongoing performances for Wales in the UEFA European Championships have gotten the Real Madrid hierarchy so excited they want to keep him in Spanish capital forever.
Even though he missed a sizeable portion of the Liga BBVA this season, Bale scored an astonishing 19 goals in just 23 appearances. The 26-year-old is possibly the most complete British footballer to have played in the past few decades and he's taking his role at Real Madrid and Wales very seriously.
Bale is also the first player to score in 3 consecutive UEFA European Championships games - 12 years after Ruud van Nistelrooy did it for Netherlands. These kinds of records play heavily in his favour in securing the deal-of-a-lifetime.
Real Madrid recently admitted through their President, Florentino Perez, that they're willing to extend Cristiano Ronaldo's current contract but are not going to – and have never – offered him the kind of deal that seems to be on the table for the Welsh wizard.
Despite this, Real Madrid are after multiple attacking targets even confirming the deal to bring Alvaro Morata from Juventus. The Turin club signed the then 21-year-old with a clause in his contract that allowed his 'home' club to sign him back any time they wanted for a fixed fee reported to be around €30 million.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in signing a defender and a midfielder as well this season and seem to be in active negotiations for another Juventus star in Paul Pogba. Perez and Zinedine Zidane are also reportedly on 'active lookout' for a top defender to boost their back-line.