Date published: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:21
Gareth Bale has been urged to sort out his Real Madrid future ‘as soon as possible’ by John Toshack.
The Wales star does not feature in Zinedine Zidane’s plans at the Bernabeu but his huge salary is putting suitors off making a move, with Man Utd said to have backed off the winger.
Former Wales and Real coach Toshack believes the uncertainty over his future has affected his form.
“The situation that he’s in at Real Madrid certainly can’t be helping him,” Toshack told BBC Sport Wales.
“It needs sorting out as soon as possible… because when you look at this player, what he’s shown that he can do and look at what he’s producing at the moment, something is going terribly, terribly wrong somewhere.”
Bale missed a sitter in Wales Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary and Toshack is surprised the 29-year-old is not champing at the bit to prove himself when he gets the opportunity.
Toshack said: “I would have thought he (Bale) would have been absolutely banging the dressing-room door down to get out there on the pitch at this particular moment in time, to show people that they’re making a mistake by not playing him.
“People talk about maybe the fitness levels are not there, but I don’t go along with that 100 per cent. Bale’s performances recently have been disappointing, no question about that.
“And I think the sooner that things get sorted out for him now the better it’ll be for Wales and for himself because, from what I can see over here, there’s not the brightest future for him at Real Madrid.
“There’s a bit of a battle going on here between his agent and Madrid at the moment, I think, that needs to be sorted out.”