If Bale were to decide to go to Madrid, there is uncertainty as to who will be in charge next season.
The reports coming out of Spain suggest José Mourinho will leave the club in the summer (via the Guardian). He is the longest-serving manager at the Bernabeu since Vicente del Bosque, but Real have gone through nine managers in the meantime.
If Mourinho does leave, there is little doubt that whoever replaces him would view Bale as a first-team player, but it’s far from ideal that the Real manager’s future constantly depends on immediate results.
Mourinho wrings what he can from clubs without much thought beyond his own legacy.
Whoever takes over from him will have an unenviable challenge, and Bale is best advised to avoid the aftershocks.
André Villas-Boas seems a safer bet and has already shown he can get the best from his most talented player.