The drama of Bale, Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid continues when the Spanish champions compete in the last 16 of the Champions League against Manchester City, Saturday (8/8).
What is meant by Calderon, is none other than the value of Bale’s transfer which is higher than the value when Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Madrid.
When Bale moved from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, Madrid had to spend 85 million pounds. Meanwhile, when Ronaldo moved four years earlier, Madrid spent only £ 80 million.
“Bale came here with one loss: we paid him more than we paid for Cristiano Ronaldo,” Calderon told talkSPORT, Friday (7/8).
“People always compare the two of them. They think that Bale must be better than Ronaldo and should score more goals, just because he is more expensive,” added Calderon.
This, of course, is incorrect. This is because each year, the average value of transfer fees often increases rather than decreases. However, Calderon admitted, that was not the only reason why the fate of Gareth Bale ended like this.
“He’s not interested in learning our language. That’s a problem, because he can’t get close to the fans and the media. Little by little, he’s turned introverted and reclusive in his life in Spain,” said Calderon.
While Zidane has said that Bale is not in his future plans, it is not easy for Madrid to get rid of Bale either. A monster’s salary, as much as 600 thousand pounds per week.
Bale was close to being loaned by Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, who dared to offer Bale a salary of one million pounds per week. However, Madrid, who initially did not ask for payment, turned around at the last minute. Jiangsu Suning retreated.
“The salary is very high, while the situation is also difficult to make other teams buy it. The solution might be loaned, with Madrid paying a few percent of his salary. That almost happened with China last season, but instead Madrid suddenly asked for payment.
“But I don’t agree with Bale going to China. Players in his class have a better place in Europe’s top leagues,” concluded Calderon.