Wales international Gareth Bale has hinted that he could be parting ways with Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The 28-year-old has been restricted to limited gametime over the course of the campaign but he still managed to make the most crucial impact in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Real Madrid were level at 1-1 with Liverpool when the Welshman came on during the second half and within minutes, he managed to pull Los Blancos ahead after a stunning bicycle kick from a delightful Marcelo cross. The attacker thereafter remained a threat in the attack front and put Los Blancos out of sight in the 82nd minute after Loris Karius fumbled a long-range strike into his own net.
Following the game, Bale admitted that he should have played more over the course of the campaign and hinted that he could consider a possible switch from the European champions this summer, he said: “I feel that I need to be playing every week. It's something that I've always wanted to do and it hasn't happened here this season for one reason or another.”
“If it's not the case here then it's something I'll sit down and consider. I'll have plenty of time to relax now and think about things, and see where things go.I really don't know (where I will be). I'm going to have to sit down and discuss it with my agent. Maybe I'll be staying here, maybe not. We'll sit down in the summer and hopefully resolve this issue.”
Besides Bale, Ronaldo also appeared to hint that he could end his long-term association with the club but he later clarified that his quotes were taken out of context. With the latest triumph, the Portuguese became the first player to win five Champions League crowns in the modern era with four of those coming with Los Blancos.