Bale offers himself to Getafe in a shock transfer blow to Cardiff

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid / IMAGO

Former Real Madrid player Gareth Bale has reportedly offered himself to Getafe after leaving the Madrid this summer.

The 32-year-old is looking for a new club to keep himself in good shape ahead of the World Cup and have reportedly identified Spanish side Getafe as the club that will help him achieve his aim.

Welsh side Cardiff had hoped to convince Bale to head home ahead of the winter tournament in Qatar. But Getafe have emerged as a shock destination, with president Angel Torres Sanchez revealing Bale’s agent had offered the ex-Real Madrid man to him.

According to a report in The Sun, the club chief, while revealing Getafe’s kits for the coming season, said he had spoken to Bale’s representative.

“We spoke to Gareth Bale’s agent just 45 minutes ago,” he said.

“They offered him to us.

 “We will consider and study this possibility.”

Torres Sanchez later doubled down on the news, adding: 

“This morning I spoke with his representative and he explained to me that it was possible to do it.

“The boy wants to stay in Madrid and play in the World Cup.

“I have to give him a ride and talk to the coach. It depends 50% on Bale and 50% on me.”

Bale left Real Madrid after his contract expired at the end of the 2021-22 season. The Welshman had hinted he could retire if Wales didn’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup. But after his free-kick helped Wales qualify for the winter’s tournament in Qatar, he is set to continue.

Getafe, who finished 15th in La Liga last season, are based in Madrid and Bale is clearly keen to continue his luxurious life in the Spanish capital.

Other clubs interested in Bale are MLS side DC United, who are willing to make him their highest-paid player in history, and Newcastle, Rangers and Celtic.