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Gareth Bale's cameo against Arsenal was an eventful one 😯 pic.twitter.com/Suu47wtUr7
— Goal (@goal) July 24, 2019
Whilst most of the United Kingdom was tucked up fast asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane decided to drop some dramatic news in the press conference following his sides 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in the USA. The news centred firmly on Welsh superstar, Gareth Bale (£2.55) who Zidane stated was on his way out of Los Blancos hopefully within the next 24-48 hours and that there was no room for Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu. The comments led to a damning rebuttal by Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett and we appear to have a saga on our hands.
The Welshman and the Frenchman have seemingly always been at loggerheads, Bale admitting as much in the immediate aftermath of his stunning match winning performance against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League performance where he stated he was upset having not started the Final and would be looking to leave. Zidane himself left the club in the days after the 2018 success and Bale looked happy to stay with Zidane out of the way. The following season for Real Madrid though was nothing short of disastrous, the spells of Julien Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were disastrous, with Los Blancos trailing far behind Barcelona domestically and struggling in Europe. This led to Florentino Perez reaching out to Zidane for help once more and the feud has continued to go from bad to worse! Zidane refusing to bring Bale on in the last game of the season which led to Bale simply marching off down the tunnel, with the Welshman then reportedly being more than happy to play golf in Madrid for the remaining three years on his monstrous 600,000 Euros a week salary.
With Real Madrid having such a turgid 2018/19 season change was always likely to come in the transfer market, we have seen the arrivals of Eden Hazard (£4.45), Luka Jovic (£2.39) and Ferland Mendy (£0.90), whilst departing the club include Marcos Llorente (£0.60), Theo Hernandez (£0.61) and Mateo Kovacic (£0.66). Yet it is no secret that Zidane is determined to capture his compatriot and Football Index darling Paul Pogba (£7.21). Now to secure the services of Manchester United’s prize asset would require a phenomenal transfer fee which having outlaid so much already this transfer window there are huge doubts that Madrid could afford this without some influx of transfer fees. Top of this list to leave is of course Bale who would free up cashflow from his salary also. This has seemingly led to Zidane’s outburst yesterday and the Index reacted.
In the early hours of Sunday morning Bale was available at a share price of £2.41, rising to a high of £2.78 at lunch time. A rise of £0.39 a share or 16%, not bad for a Sunday morning. The rise was in response to Zidane’s comments that Bale would be leaving imminently and speculation on where he would end up was rampant. There is the nostalgic move proposed back to Spurs, a move to Bayern Munich to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, a swap was mooted with Neymar (£7.42) at PSG and there is of course the prospect of the Chinese Super League. The media weighed up options throughout the day evaluating where Bale will turn next. Later in the evening reports were coming out of Madrid sympathetic outlets that two Chinese Super League teams have made blockbuster offers to Bale and his representatives to earn potentially over £1 Million a week in wages! This news was the great fear of Indexers as a move to a non-match day dividends league offers extremely limited opportunities for traders and by midnight his price had once again dropped to the value it had been on Sunday morning.
The saga then took yet another twist in the past few days, starting with the press conference before the Arsenal pre season friendly. Zidane has responded to Bale’s agents comments that he disrespected his client and instead insisted that it was Bale himself who refused to get ready for the game with Bayern Munich. This insinuating that it is Bale pushing to leave and not the other way round. The Welshman did however come off the bench last night in the International Champions Cup to score against Arsenal for Real Madrid. He then missed a penalty in the shootout to add even more drama!
The plot thickens…
It has been a roller-coaster few days for Bale holders on the Index and the next few days look set to be dominated by Bale headlines pontificating on where the Welshman will end up! He collected £0.02 in media dividends on Sunday, a further £0.03 last night and Monday giving a return of 3.1% in dividends alone! How many more dividends will he pick up in the next few days?