Saturday, 15 October 2016
When it comes to a player like Gareth Bale it is not simply the football you have to take into account, it is the fact that he is one of the most marketable players on the planet and that makes his price exorbitant.
His global appeal, he is huge in Asia, is why Real Madrid were prepared to pay a world record transfer fee for him when they signed him from us, which he immediately repaid by scoring decisive goals that won and helped win the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League.
It is as much for his commercial value as his footballing value that Real Madrid have put a £450-milliom release clause in his contract according to the Sun.
The 27-year-old has made it clear he wants to stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his career.