The traffic jam at the exits of Bale and Luis Suárez threatens the ecosystem in the dressing room of the colossi of Spanish football
Once luxury squires of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, the Welshman Gareth Bale, and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez continue to prepare the atypical 2020-2021 course under the blanket of uncertainty that surrounds their future professionals. Outside of the plans of Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman for a campaign that both Real Madrid and Barcelona will start later than ever due to the conditions imposed by the coronavirus, the ’11’ for the whites and the ‘9’ for the Catalans retain the lockers they held in times when they raised their respective parishes based on goals for history, but already carrying the status of marginalized in clubs that one day considered them idols and now they cannot find a way to shake off their very high chips.
Time continues to run against Florentino Pérez and Josep Maria Bartomeu, who do not finish solving the exits of the Briton and the Uruguayan one week after the current League champion begins the defense of his crown and two after the runner-up faces the major challenge of trying to regain the throne in the midst of one of the greatest sports and institutional crises in its award-winning history. On October 5, the transfer market closes and both leaders strive to unblock situations that could alter the ecosystem in the dressing room of the two titans of Spanish football, but with no solution in sight. At least for the moment.
Bale has yet to be seen trotting through Valdebebas since Real Madrid returned to work after the short summer break. Ryan Giggs ‘call to participate in Wales’ first two matches in the Nations League delayed the icy reunion of the ‘Cardiff Express’ with Zidane. The former Tottenham player completed 135 minutes in the ‘red dragons’ appointments against Finland and Bulgaria, but he did not leave a single flash to remind us of that superb footballer who led his team to a surprising third place in the European Championship. 2016 and was decisive in the four Champions of the golden European lustrum of Real Madrid.
From there he returned with a blow to his right knee that has kept him working since then inside the facilities of the Real Madrid Sports City. Something that does not alter a millimeter of the roadmap of his coach, who has not counted on the British since the duel against Mallorca corresponding to matchday 31 of the last League nor does he intend to do so in case he does not it consumes his march, as it already happened last season.
Then Zidane strongly advocated to remove him from the team, but the Real Madrid board still hoped to get a good cut for a footballer who led Florentino Pérez to burst the market in the summer of 2013. Now the panorama is very different and the press English assures that the whites would be willing to pay half of the 17 million euros net that they have left to receive in each of the two campaigns that remain from their contract in order to free their salary mass and empower their return to the Premier, where Manchester United and Tottenham are postulated as possible destinations for a player that meringues fans continue to scold every time he arrives at his workplace.
Tension in Can Barça
No less tense are the working days of Luis Suárez at Can Barça. Designated as one of the main responsible for the Barça debacle last season, the Uruguayan, the club’s third-highest scorer in history, has hung the transferable poster since Ronald Koeman’s landing in Barcelona. The ways of the Dutchman with his inseparable friend were one of the reasons that led Messi to launch the ordeal of his march. The Rosario backed down when he saw that he had no cards to continue playing the game, but that movement has not disrupted Bartomeu’s plans, determined to end the society that has governed the dressing room for the last six years.
In the orbit of Juventus for weeks and also an object of interest of Atlético de Madrid in the event that Álvaro Morata leaves, Luis Suárez is not willing to forgive even one euro of the year of a contract that he has left with Barça and wants the letter of freedom. But Barça doesn’t loosen up either. Koeman has spent days making him complete part of the training alone and this Saturday he left him out of the list for the friendly against Nástic de Tarragona. Another step in a pulse in which, like Bale’s with Real Madrid, nobody gives up.