Gareth Bale has gone ‘stale’ at Real Madrid and he needs to move back to the Premier League to get his mojo back.
That’s according to Sam Allardyce, who believes it’s time for the Welshman to end his stay in Spain.
Bale’s time at the Bernabeu – where he has won 14 trophies, including four European Cups, in six years – has turned sour with manager Zinedine Zidane keen to offload him this summer.
Despite scoring one of the greatest ever Champions League final goals a little over 12 months ago, Bale is not in Zidane’s plans and was dropped for the last three games of the season.
And he has fallen further down the pecking order since the transfer window opened, following the arrivals of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic. Hazard’s move from Chelsea, for a fee that could exceed £150m, has even been construed as a message to Bale from Zidane to find another club.
Real have offered him to others sides but there have been no takers due to his incredible salary of more than £600,000-a-week, and with a contract which still has three years to run.
According to reports, Manchester United – persistently linked with an interest in Bale over the last few years – are the latest club to pull out of their pursuit in the Welshman.
Bale is said to be keen to remain in Madrid, where he enjoys the weather, the lifestyle and the golf, and is content with seeing out his big-money contract even if he doesn’t play.
But former England boss Allardyce has urged the Welshman to come back home to the Premier League and get his career back on track.
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He said on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League.
“Personally, I think he’s gone a little bit stale at Real Madrid.
“He needs a move to freshen him up and revitalise him and get him back on the pitch where we all know how brilliant he can be.
“We’d all be glad to see him back.”