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Bale Form to be Rewarded
Monday, March 21
According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, after Bale became the highest-scoring British player in La Liga history—overtaking former Barcelona man Gary Lineker on Sunday against Sevilla with his 43rd league goal for the club— Los Blancos are ready to back the forward in the form of a contract extension.
Law elaborated on the circumstances surrounding the player’s situation at the club, noting the interest of top sides on the continent:
Talks over a new contract are yet to take place, but Real are willing to increase Bale’s £300,000-a-week salary and underline his position as the club’s number one star ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose future remains the subject of great debate.
Bale will once again be targeted by all of England’s richest clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, this summer but Real want to move to end any chance of the 26-year-old leaving the [Santiago] Bernabeu.
Here is a look at why the elite outfits in the game would be interested in the Madrid man:
The Welshman signed for Real in the summer of 2013 in a record-breaking transfer, and aside from a difficult second season in the Spanish capital, he’s been a roaring success.
These statistics from WhoScored.com following the Sevilla clash underline the 26-year-old’s value to the team this term, even though he has been injured at various points:
Gareth Bale: Has directly contributed to 23 goals in 18 La Liga apps this season, 1 more than in the whole of last season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 20, 2016
Bale certainly looks a lot more at ease in the iconic white jersey. Expectations went skywards after he scored winning goals in the final of the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey in his debut campaign, with supporters jeering his efforts at times last season. But his showings in 2015-16 are indicative of a player emboldened and ready to push on.
There are still areas in which the former Tottenham Hotspur man can improve, and he’ll be seeking to scale the heights reached by team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in the years to come.
Provided he can rid himself of niggling injuries, it seems Real are ready to give Bale an ideal stage to expedite that progression.