Gareth Bale

 

It has been a season to forget for Real Madrid, and that point was underlined this afternoon with a staggering twelfth league defeat of the season in which Zinedine Zidane once again left Welsh talisman Gareth Bale on the bench for Los Blanco’s last competitive game of the season.

Speculation of a Bale exit this Summer began to surface almost immediately after the re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane to the management role at Real in early March. At the time, British bookmakers were quoting odds of a Bale move to Manchester Utd at 9/4.

At the time of writing, however, the price on such an outcome has crashed to an odds-on quote of 8/15 with SkyBet, just as Bale himself notably refused to participate in the team’s traditional end-of-season salute of Madrid’s fans, preferring instead to head immediately for the tunnel as the final whistle blew.

No Word From Welsh Star

Bale himself has been tight-lipped on his intentions for next season, but SkyBet’s stripping of the odds on a move to Man Utd likely reflect insider rumours, either from the Bale camp itself or Manchester United.

A return to Tottenham is priced at 9/2, but those odds appear much too optimistic given manager Mauricio Pochettino’s recently voiced frustrations over a relatively restricted budget at the North London club.

However, if Spurs can overcome the odds to claim a first Champions League title against Liverpool on June 1st, then the financial windfall could potentially push the club to dig a little deeper as it prepares to replenish the squad for the new season.