Just about everybody who has played under Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with moving to Everton. However, Gareth Bale would not be a good idea.
Everton’s name has come up in conjunction with Gareth Bale, but as the transfer window has progressed the talk has died down. And that’s very good news.
First of all, Gareth Bale is on massive wages and even if he comes on loan and Real Madrid pays part of his wages, which are reportedly as much as £600,000 a week, according to Wales Online.
Then there is Bale’s seemingly lack of ambition and preference for the golf course for the football pitch and team-related activities as well as his lack of relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.
According to the BBC, Gareth Bale and Zidane have failed to get along since the beginning. And he’s upset with his teammates by pretending to be asleep while sitting in the stands during matches.
Everton’s dressing room has a great atmosphere. Right back Jonjoe Kenny told Everton club website:
The atmosphere in the squad is one of the best I’ve been a part of. It’s perfect. We have got a good mix. You see with top teams, they have that family environment. That’s what we want and we’ve got that togetherness.
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It’s unlikely Bale would fit in at Goodison Park and with Royal Lytham St. Annes about an hour-and-a-half away, it’s possible Gareth Bale could prefer to spend time there given his love of golf.
He also has a history of missing games to injuries, according to Transfermarkt.com. He’s missed around 150 games while at Madrid and seems prone to ankle injuries. Finally, and this is a big one, a very big one. It appears that Gareth Bale and Ancelotti don’t get along.
Bale’s ego was behind Ancelotti’s dismissal from Real Madrid in 2015, according to the Independent:
The reason the row with Florentino Perez (Real Madrid president) exploded in Madrid was my substitution of Bale against Valencia. Bale should’ve passed it to Karim Benzema, who would’ve scored in front of an open goal, but instead he took the shot.
I hauled Bale off and the chaos erupted. Perhaps excessive altruism is also a limitation in a striker, as he needs a bit of egotism, but not if it’s over the top. Altruism in a squad is important, because if there’s something that drives me mad, it’s people who are egotistic in a match situation.”
However, Bale may be close to returning to Tottenham Hotspur, according to Sky Sports,
Bale’s advisors are talking to Spurs about a potential loan move from Real and it’s understood that Bale would like to return to North London. Evertonians should be breathing a sigh of relief. I know I am.
What do you think, have Everton missed a bullet by not signing Gareth Bale?