Real Madrid announced the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane to take over from Santiago Solari on Monday at a press conference in a deal that will run till 2022
Zinedine Zidane has been tasked with transforming the poor form on the pitch into the kind of success he left the club in, something Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari had failed to maintain in the club.
The 3-time Champions league winning coach will need to undertake a squad overhaul to achieve this, replacing some of the current players with new blood and it is said that the board intend to back him with £300m in the summer transfer window.
The likes of Eden Hazard, Nermar Jr and Kylian Mbappe are names that have been bandied about as potential incoming in the summer while some current players are expected to make way, one of such players is Gareth Bale.
Gareth Bale has been unable to leave up to expectations since he moved to Real Madrid six years ago for a then record fee of £85.3m after making a name for himself in the English Premier League.
Gareth Bale has had a hard time acclimatizing to life in Spain with reports saying that the Welsh striker is yet to learn Spanish and finds it difficult to communicate with his teammates both on and off the pitch.
During Zidane’s first stint as coach, Bale found it hard to seal a spot in the starting line-up with his place given to either Marco Asensio or Lucas Vasquez. The former Tottenham man even confessed to being angered by a Zidane’s decision to start him from the bench in last season’s Champions league final against Liverpool and it is expected that he will continue in this peripheral role once Zidane rolls out his first team sheet.
Also, it was expected that Bale will take up the mantle of leading marksman following the departure of Ronaldo but that was not to be due to a combination of injury and poor form with Benzema leading the goalscoring chart for Los Blancos this season.
A new era is expected to get underway fully in Madrid come August, as Zinedine Zidane will oversee a new team of Galacticos that will challenge for trophies both in Spain and Europe. But one thing is certain, Bale will be gone by then.