Gareth Bale scored one of ‘the’ great Champions League Final goals – but could he leave Real Madrid this summer?
“I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season,” he stated after becoming the first substitute to score two goals in a European Cup Final in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool.
“I had an injury five, six weeks in but have been fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.
“Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I have deserved it but the manager makes the decisions.”
So where next for the Welshman – and will his future be determined by the post-match comments of Cristiano Ronaldo who may also have played his last game for the Spanish giants.
Although money will not be an issue for Bale, realistically only the two Manchester clubs, City and United, could afford him in the Premier League. Would the Red Devils have the edge if that were the case, given the potential influence of his national team manager, Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs?
And perhaps there might be a role at Paris Saint-Germain, given their financial muscle and speculation linking Neymar with a move to the Bernabeu?
With regards Ronaldo, who became the first man to win a fifth Champions League winners’ medal in Kiev, there will also remain fierce speculation regarding his future, which unfortunately undermined somewhat Real’s achievement in securing a third successive win in the competition, their 13th overall.
“It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid. The future of any Madrid player is not important; we have made history,” commented the competition’s top scorer, with 120 goals.
“I have to rest now, go and meet up with the Portugal team [before the World Cup] and in the next few weeks [I’ll make an announcement].”
Follow-up comments suggest he will make the announcement on 4 June.