Gareth Bale has been a success at Real Madrid, despite his critics, and they would be mad to sell him in January…
Gareth Bale has proved during his time at Real Madrid that good things come to those wait, and anyone that questions his success in the Spanish capital only need look at the contradictory statistics.
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Last season, the Welshman scored 22 goals in 44 games – including the winner in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, and the crucial second goal in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
So far this season, he has netted another eleven goals in all competitions – including strikes in five of his last six games, and another particularly crucial score, this time in the Club World Cup Final.
He is behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the club’s scoring charts, while he sits comfortably ahead of summer signing James Rodriguez, who has scored nine times.
Bale was a deserved candidate for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Award, and he’s proved that British players can succeed in La Liga, arguably one of the best leagues in the world, alongside the Premier League.
Compare his success to those British players that proceeded him at Madrid: Michael Owen scored just 16 times before being shipped off to Newcastle United, David Beckham scored seven times in his first season (his best tally in a single season for the club), while Jonathan Woodgate marked his debut with an own goal and a red card, and was voted the club’s worst signing of the 21st century.
Bale has dealt with the pressure and expectation of being the world’s most expensive player, he has adapted to a new country, a new lifestyle and a new language, and is by all accounts – thoroughly enjoying his time with the European Champions.
So why on earth would he give all that up to join Manchester United – a team not even playing European football this season – who have a squad packed with players that play in the same position as him.
According to the Telegraph, Bale is ‘open to leaving Real Madrid and joining Old Trafford’, with United having been given the green light to launch a world record £90m bid.
But why would Madrid sell? They’ve put time and money into a player that Tottenham were once desperate to get rid of, because they simply couldn’t win with him in the team. And why would United buy? When they could buy three world class defenders for that price.
The 25-year-old’s transformation from Southampton academy prospect, to Spurs outcast, to the best player in the Premier League, to one of the best player’s in the world, is more worth of recognition, and he does not deserve the constant transfer speculation that is surrounding him.
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