Gareth Bale’s agent once again announced that his client has absolutely no intention of leaving Real Madrid this summer.
That may come as a surprise given the very minimal role he has under Zinedine Zidane, but looking at his contract and the financial benefits of staying in the Spanish capital, it becomes clear.
Bale signed a massive six-year deal in October 2016. Florentino Perez was so desperate to keep him that he threw a hugely lucrative deal against him to ward off Manchester United’s interest.
Gareth Bale has made huge sums of money doing very little for Real Madrid this season
Bale has only played 20 games throughout the season after being out of favor under Zinedine Zidane
His ‘deal for life’ ends in 2022 and, at the time of signing, placed Bale as the third highest earner of football, under only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and above Neymar, who is currently was in Barcelona.
Bale moved from Tottenham to the Spanish capital for a then world record record of £ 86 million in 2013 and had helped them achieve two of his four Champions League victories when he signed those new terms and scored 50 league goals in 90 games for the club.
He would be the player the club built its future around, but instead Bale has become something of a mystery in the Bernabeu.
The former Spurs Ace rarely starts under Zidane and has been sent to the bench or, as proven against Leganes on Sunday, not even in the squad.
Real is now paying the price to give him such a lucrative contract about four years ago. Why would Bale want to leave?
The Frenchman tried to sell Bale last summer, but failed on the transfer market
Bale has made a massive £ 16.6 million so far this season, a ridiculous £ 13,174 per minute on the pitch
|ALL COMPS 19/20||£ PER CONTRIBUTION|
|APPEARANCE||20 – £ 830,000|
|BEGINS||14 – £ 1.2 million|
|PLAYED MINUTES||1,260 – £ 13,174|
|GOALS||3 – £ 5.53 Million|
|ASSISTANTS||2 – £ 8.3 million|
|MADE OPPORTUNITIES||12 – £ 1.4 million|
|TO FIT||495 – £ 33,535|
|TOTAL SHOTS||41 – £ 405,000|
The Welshman is thought to be paid a whopping £ 346,000 a week or £ 18 million a year, after tax.
It has been 48 weeks and three days since Real Madrid played their first competitive game of the season, a 3-1 win at Celta Vigo in August 2019.
That means Bale has made a whopping £ 16.6 million this season, or given that Real has now played 50 games during this campaign, £ 332,000 per game.
Bale has been involved in 1,260 of the 4,500 minutes Real has played this season, which means he pulled in a ridiculous £ 13,174 per minute on the field.
To make matters worse, Bale has earned £ 5,123 for each of the 3,240 minutes spent on the bench or unavailable for selection.
Bale has also been accused of acting on the Real bank while making binoculars
Bale was on the verge of the team’s title celebrations after winning LaLiga last week
Even when he got the chance to impress Zidane, he rarely made himself unbeatable. He has contributed only three goals, worth £ 5.53 million each, and two assists, worth £ 8.3 million each, throughout the season.
Those aren’t the figures of a man who has to displace Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo and Vinicius for a place in Zidane’s three-man attack.
Real has also paid Bale £ 1.4 million for every opportunity he has created, £ 33,535 for each of his 495 passes and £ 405,000 per shot so far this season.
Bale was again on the periphery of the Real squad this season, as highlighted during their LaLiga title celebrations last week when he was filmed floating in the back.
Zidane was later picked up by his players and thrown into the air of Madrid as part of the celebrations, however The footage showed the Welshman standing some distance from the player trick with his arms folded while deciding not to participate.
Despite those scenes and Bale’s diminishing importance to the team, his agent again insisted this week that his client doesn’t feel like moving on.
Bale scored only three goals for £ 5.53 million each and two assists worth £ 8.3 million each
Zidane will certainly try to sell it again this summer, but Bale’s agent says he’s not going anywhere
“Gareth’s fine. He has two more years on his contract, “his agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport.
“He likes to live in Madrid and he’s not going anywhere. He is still as good as anyone else on the team. It’s up to Zinedine Zidane.
“Of course there was interest, but there is hardly a club in the world that can afford him.
“It is a great loss that he is not currently on the Real Madrid team, but he will not leave.
Gareth doesn’t want to survive Zinedine Zidane. Mr. Zidane has been very successful. there is no hate. Mr. Zidane just doesn’t want to play him. Gareth trains every day and he trains well. ‘
Real is next back in action against Manchester City in the second leg of their delayed Champions League last 16 draw.
If they can clear the 3-1 deficit, Real can play three more games in the revised one-legged quarter-finals, semifinals and finals, giving Bale many more opportunities to prove his worth.
But while he earns so much for so little, don’t you expect him to leave soon?