Reported Newcastle United target Gareth Bale faces an uncertain future at Real Madrid but clubmate Dani Ceballos reckons he remains a “fundamental player” for Los Blancos.
Bale, who left Tottenham Hotspur for Real in a then world record £85million fee in 2013 (BBC Sport), appears to have found himself surplus to requirements at the Spanish capital club.
This season, the 30-year-old has made just 11 starts in La Liga, and has netted just three goals in all competitions this season, with injuries and loss of form playing their part in his struggles.
Ceballos, currently on loan at Arsenal, believes the Premier League “would be quite good” for Bale, but also showed support regarding his future at the Bernabeu.
“It is a league that would be quite good for him, but he is a fundamental player for Madrid,” Ceballos told Deportes Cuatro on Wednesday, as quoted by Goal.com.
“Let us not forget everything he has given the club. Whoever does not trust him, put on the Champions League final. He has given enough to the club.”
Bale’s time at Real sadly continues to go from bad to worse, a player brought in as a potential heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, and having contributed to many of the club’s successes over the past decade, since frozen out amid loss of form and injury issues.
However, he remains the very definition of a star, a player who has excelled over the past few years for club and country, is still of the highest calibre – and with Newcastle potentially having a budget to dwarf all other budgets in Europe, he would be quite a statement signing by the new owners.