With Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid contract winding down, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding his next move.
Signed by Real Madrid in 2013, the Welsh wing-wizard went on to play a key role in the success that the club have achieved over the past decade.
However, he never really endeared himself to the supporters despite his contributions and his falling out with Zinedine Zidane a few years ago all but sealed his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale spent the last season on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur and enjoyed a decent campaign. Back at Real Madrid, there was some hope that Carlo Ancelotti could reincorporate him into the side and extract the best out of him.
However, that has not materialised as Bale has played 290 minutes of football over seven games, scoring one goal.
While he has been warming the bench at the club, the 32-year-old has managed to inspire Wales into the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will plan his next move accordingly so as to stay in shape for the tournament.
There have been speculations of a return to Tottenham while Arsenal and Cardiff City have also been touted as potential destinations. A fresh report from AS (h/t Fichajes) now claims that Bale could end up in the MLS where D.C. United are showing a strong interest.
The report claims that the American franchise had wanted to sign the Wales international in January itself. But Real Madrid were unwilling to terminate his contract and pay him a fee, which is why the move collapsed.
But with Bale now set to become a free agent, D.C. United are back in the fray and are ready to hand the veteran attacker a ‘juicy contract’ to lure him to the United States.
It will be interesting to see what Bale decides, with recent reports even hinting that the 32-year-old might end up staying put in Spain beyond the current campaign, albeit at a different club than Real Madrid.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.