Gareth Bale: Where could he move after his Real Madrid departure – from Tottenham to Wrexham?

If there was any way Gareth Bale would have chosen to bow out at Real Madridwinning the Champions League yet again it certainly would be.

He may have been an unused substitute, but touching that famous trophy for the fifth time was a fairy tale. Now, however, he will have to look lower. After all, he is a free agent, and will have to choose his next target very carefully.

That decision was put on the back burner as he helped Wales qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years, but with those celebrations now wrapped up in an emotional end, it was time for him to finish a guess about his future.

Gareth Bale inspired Wales to the World Cup and will now decide which club to join later

Bale (front row, second from right) won the Champions League and bowed out at Real Madrid

Bale (front row, second from right) won the Champions League and bowed out at Real Madrid

There have been suggestions, of course, that he might just retire – though that’s highly unlikely, and probably impossible, with a place at Qatar this winter’s official. So, who’s in the running and which club is in pole position?

There will be a lot of teams around him, and it’s easy to see why. He leaves the Bernabeu with a record 106 goals in 256 appearances at the top of the game, and has also won three LaLiga titles and the King’s Cup.

Bale is nothing short of a serial winner and, despite his advanced age, would be more than valuable to any club hunting for silverware. But it is interesting that sides in sections lower than the Premier League have been strongly linked to him.

A series winner, the forward will be of value to any club, with a lot of them interested in him

A series winner, the forward will be of value to any club, with a lot of them interested in him

In fact, Cardiff City is a favorite of many bookmakers. It may seem strange for him to fall into the Championship, but this would be a return to his hometown.

His agent, Jonathan Barnett, also revealed that Bale’s next move will be for personal reasons, rather than a desire to chase the money. Welsh boss Rob Page, intriguingly, said the superstar joining the Bluebirds would mark “a lot of boxes”.

There may also be MLS clubs in the race, while likes of Southampton, Swansea and, spectacularly, non-league Wrexham are part of the wild transfer carousel. So, here Sportsmail trying to figure out what’s next for the forward.

CARDIFF

Bale has never represented his hometown club but, following the comments of his representative, it would be foolish to exclude him now at this stage.

As a youngster, he left Cardiff at the age of 10 to sign for Southampton, and spent nearly a decade practicing his business on the south coast before moving on to Tottenham.

It may make sense, then, for him to return to his roots, where his glorious career took its first steps. Living in his home country would also be an advantage.

Cardiff are listed as favorites to sign him from bookmakers, despite his second-tier status

Cardiff are listed as favorites to sign him from bookmakers, despite his second-tier status

“Cardiff has a lot of advantages,” Barnett said. – He is from Wales, his family is from there. From a personal point of view it could be attractive. ‘

He also insisted that he did not discuss the possibility with his players.

There would have to be a serious compromise on his excessive wages, but if there is mutual interest between the two parties, this agreement could cross the line.

Probability Rating – 3/5

TOTTENHAM

Bale spent two different periods at Tottenham, one as a player clearly destined to reach the top, and another as a veteran struggling to deal with life at Madrid.

On both occasions, however, he was greeted with open arms, and possibly again.

The first term, which lasted six years, lasted from 2007 to 2013, where he was instrumental in the club’s success. He later went on to move to Spain on a record deal.

Bale has spent two different periods at Tottenham, but will probably not return for another

Bale has spent two different periods at Tottenham, but will probably not return for another

The 2020-21 campaign saw him return on loan under Jose Mourinho, who seemed reluctant to put on his star at first before giving him a more prominent role.

Bale scored 71 goals for Spurs, and his eyes could be fixed on more nets. A third spell is unlikely, of course, but Antonio Conte may find himself tempted.

His choice of a system that favors fast, delicate 4-3-3 wingers is exactly what the former hero of his side likes to play – and fans may want to return.

However, on the whole, it seems as if their fruitful partnership is over.

Probability Rating – 2/5

MOVO EKSTERLANDEN

As with any superstar looking for a new challenge, clubs in MLS and other lucrative foreign leagues are quickly sucked into the speculation. This saga is no different.

The Washington Post claimed that talks had taken place between Bale’s camp and DC United, with the US side open to pay him a handsome salary.

They are even said to be willing to splash more on him than they lured Wayne Rooney across the Atlantic, meaning the package can tempt him.

DC United lured Wayne Rooney to the United States with a large financial package, and they want Bale too

DC United lured Wayne Rooney to the United States with a large financial package, and they want Bale too

Bale would become one of the newest heavyweights to make the move from Europe to a state, though he may want to stay on his current continent for his next change.

Saudi Arabia could also be his next target.

Some teams there have money to spend, and the adventure would be different from anything he’s done so far.

Likelihood Rating – 4/5

SOUTHAMPTON

This summer should be one of transition for Southampton, with their manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and his squad desperate to avoid another relegation patch.

They’ll need reinforcements to do that, though, and Bale’s arrival would be just the acceleration needed to possibly push them out of the dogfight.

Bale is a former St. Academy product, joined them as a schoolboy.

An academic graduate at Southampton, Bale was linked with a move to the south coast

An academic graduate at Southampton, Bale was linked with a move to the south coast

Under the leadership of Sport Republic owners, the future for the club is unclear. Hasenhuttl will receive money to spend, but the exact amount is not known.

Jumping to bring Bale may be a short-lived solution to this conundrum, but the quality he can provide, even just for a few seasons, can rejuvenate the club’s mood.

It is believed Southampton are expected to stick to their guns, which will see them keep their current pay structure in place. Bale should agree on this.

Likelihood Rating – 1/5

WREXHAM

Could this be the most striking turn of the market?

Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney has suggested he has “a few ideas” about trying his luck to bring Bale to his club, despite them being in a non-league.

Yet it is an ignorant comment from the star It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and not even the high ambitions he has are enough to catch the winger.

Wrexham owners Rob McElhenney (R) and Ryan Reynolds (L) have high ambitions for the side

Wrexham owners Rob McElhenney (R) and Ryan Reynolds (L) have high ambitions for the side

The side narrowly missed promotion to League Two after losing to Grimsby in the play-offs and, at least temporarily, will have to set their sights lower.

Joking about a bid for Bale, McElhenney responded to a tweet asking where the talisman would end next season, a playful poster well received by supporters.

But all humor aside, this is a move that won’t happen.

Likelihood Rating – 0/5

SWANSEA

Bale was considering joining another Welsh side in Swansea.

This is apparently another non-beginner considering his connections to Cardiff, but again, he was linked with a shocking move into the second tier of English football.

It would be a sensational coup for the Swans if they could turn Bale’s head, although it is their Bluebird rivals who have the advantage in this special brawl.

Bale is set to carefully consider his next destination but, while Swansea still can’t be ruled out, their supporters shouldn’t get excited about this craze.

Likelihood Rating – 1/5

Bale is struggling to get back to his homeland, but Swansea is currently an outside shot

Bale is struggling to get back to his homeland, but Swansea is currently an outside shot

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