But above all, Bale’s most likely destination seems to be an emotional return to his hometown in Wales, with a move to Championship outfit Cardiff City looking highly likely. While the study has apparently ranked Cardiff 16th out of 30 possible locations, highlighting the lack of suitability to Bale’s golf needs, at this stage in his career football will be the most important aspect of his decision.
Wales coach Robert Page has tipped Bale to make the move back to Wales given the logistical appeal of doing so and his former international team-mate Joe Ledley has given his seal of approval: ”It’s a no-brainer. You can see it all on paper with his family and his friends here, a nation that he loves, where he was born. It would be fantastic,” he told WalesOnline.
“It’s not as easy as that sometimes, though. Like I said, no disrespect, but I think he is a Premier League player. But it is down to him at the end of the day. There is no pressure on him. With these games he will have a lot of time to think, he won’t have to rush into anything. It’s down to him at the end of the day, what he wants to do. I’m sure he’ll make the right decision.”