Gareth Bale fuels talk of emotional Cardiff transfer by chatting with manager Morison and urging on team

Gareth Bale fuels talk of emotional Cardiff transfer by chatting with manager Morison and urging on team

April 2, 2022

GARETH BALE has further fuelled the fantasy of Cardiff City fans that he might play at his home-town club next season.

Cardiff host Swansea in the second leg of the south Wales derby in the Welsh capital today on the very ground where last week Bale brought the crowd to its feet with a virtuoso, two-goal performance against Austria.

That pushed his country to within one win of reaching their first World Cup finals since 1958.

Wales meet either Scotland or Ukraine in June in the Welsh capital to decide who fills the final place in Qatar and by then Bale’s nine-year reign in Spain with Real Madrid will be over.

If Wales win in June, then he will need to stay fit and keep match sharp.

His home on the outskirts of Cardiff is five minutes from the Cardiff training ground and 20 minutes from their stadium.

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While Spurs are clinging to the hope he might opt for a third spell at the club to use the Premier League for his match practice ahead of a potential World Cup swansong, Bluebirds fans are living in home of a dream homecoming for their ultimate hero.

“I saw Gareth here every day when he was in the Wales camp and we said hello every day.

"All he said to me was ‘make sure you beat Swansea!’” said Morison.

“The actual conversation was, ‘you’re doing alright, aren’t you?’

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"I told him we’d done alright and he asked ‘who’ve you got next?’ and I told him it was Swansea.

"‘Make sure you beat them because I want to hammer Connor (Roberts).’

“You can make of that what you want. Outside of that there’s been no other conversation.

"I’m not one to get caught up in stuff that and at this minute it is all fantasy.

“Until someone rings me and actually says that Gareth coming to Cardiff City is an option, it’s not something I will worry about.

"It’s an absolute pipe dream at the moment, nothing to even worry about.

“I don’t want to get caught up in something that could be absolute nonsense.”

The mere fact the 32-year-old was interested in Cardiff’s season, and nailed his colours to the mast ahead of the biggest game in Welsh football, will leave everyone hoping he might swap El Classico for an equally important domestic scrap in his homeland later in the year.

This week it was reported that Bale could opt for a short-term contract elsewhere when his contract with Real Madrid expires.

It is understood that the Bluebirds are keen to make an audacious swoop for the forward, but his wages could prove to be a huge obstacle.

Bale is currently the highest earner in LaLiga, with an eye-watering weekly wage of £550,000.

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That sum will have to reduce dramatically if he wishes to move elsewhere, especially Cardiff.

AC Milan are also interested in signing the superstar, with Sporting Director Paolo Maldini initiating talks with his representatives.

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