Bale to Cardiff ‘ticks all the boxes’ as Real Madrid career comes to sad end

Gareth Bale has been told a move to Cardiff City would 'tick all the boxes' as his Real Madrid career comes to a sad end.

The Welshman has spent nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu but will depart at the end of the season. He was won the La Liga title three times, but his career in the Spanish top-flight is already over before the final day.

Carlo Ancelotti opted to leave Bale out of his squad for Madrid's final league game of the campaign against Real Betis on Friday. Though he could feature in the Champions League final next Saturday, that would be unlikely, with attention now turning towards his future.

If Wales qualify for this winter's World Cup, it is expected that Bale will carry on playing for another season. And his national team boss has encouraged the attacker to complete a fairytale move to Cardiff when he finally leaves Los Blancos.

"It ticks all the boxes. Ultimately, it’s Gareth’s decision and Cardiff City’s. We can carry on talking about it and guess, have our opinion, and it does make sense. It makes a lot of sense," Robert Page said.

"He can base himself at a training ground he’s familiar with. I wouldn’t want him to retire. The door is always open, for what he does in the changing room as well. I’d want him to carry on as long as he possibly can because it’s the influence he has in that changing room as well.

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"We will keep in touch with him. It’s common sense that if he is not going to feature at all, and Real Madrid are happy with releasing him, then of course we would like him on camp. They don’t have to.

"We don’t have the players (officially) until the 30th, so we can’t pull rank on that. We just have to go with what they suggest. Rightly so because he’s employed by the club, but if there’s an opportunity to get players in earlier then we would like that."

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