Gareth Bale’s future is still uncertain as the Wales captain prepares for his country’s Euro 2020 opener, writes the football.london.
Bale ‘s side take on Switzerland after seeing their fellow Group A teams – Turkey and Italy – kick off the tournament, with Italy comfortable winners in Rome as they beat Turkey 3-0 in front of a reduced capacity at the Stadio Olimpico.
Bale will lead his side onto the pitch in Azerbaijan this afternoon, with his nation’s hopes on his shoulders.
The 31-year-old winger spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Tottenham – where he scored 16 goals in all competitions, but that does not tell the whole story.
The Real Madrid star saw his minutes on the pitch restricted by Jose Mourinho prior to his sacking in April, but when he was used, he was often effective for Spurs in his second spell in north London.
This summer, Bale looks set to return to Real Madrid – under new management in Carlo Ancelotti – where he has often been scrutinised by the club’s supporters and Spanish media.
Cesc Fabregas, when speaking about the former Spurs man, has opened up on the perception of Bale in his homeland of Spain.
“It’s a strange case with Gareth,” Fabregas said on BBC One.
“You never know why, but for me, he’s been so successful – he scored in two Champions League finals, he scored against us (Barcelona) in a cup final, he scored over 100 goals for the club and still people were after him.
“I’m looking at these images right now and I never realised but he seemed so happy.
“It’s not the case there, everyone is accusing him that he loves to play golf, that he doesn’t learn Spanish, which we all agree every time you go to a country, people like to see this effort to accommodate yourself. He’s a fantastic player.”
Speaking after Fabregas, Alan Shearer questioned whether Mourinho even had a say in whether Spurs should sign Bale, or if it came from the club’s hierarchy.
Shearer added: “Jose didn’t have the belief in him, whether he signed him or not, we don’t know.
“But when he did play towards the end of the season, he put in some good performances, he scored goals, looked very lively and he’s going to have to take that form and stay fit if Wales are to get out of their group.”