Gareth Bale

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Ah, the trials and tribulations of a global “soccer franchise!”
Hahaha!
Pull up the hood, open the drapes, put on your pants & suspenders, breakfast on zucchini and egg plant and then watch the true colors of the global fan base set against a backcloth of shades of gray.
 

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Can take him or leave him as a person but I kind of admire his stance with respect to Real Madrid. Never seen a player stand up to their "new toy syndrome" in this way. They think they can woo top players by promising everything and then fuck them off when they go out of fashion. If Madrid start being actually held to their promises they might think twice before they make these offers and give other clubs a run at these players.
Easy when you on 350k week and willing to F*** up you career.
 

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Instead of whicg of our starting 11?

It's a squad game so no-one specifically but he'd be a decent player to have in the side, and he can probably still play at left wingback sometimes. I think Pep could definitely get at least two or three good years out of him.
 

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ANTICS???

It’s a 2 way street. He had done nothing wrong when RM decided they wanted to renege on his big money deal. He has performed and scored wonder goals for them. However, they decided they wanted to cash in, even if it was just to move his salary on, but then fucked him over.

He is in the twilight of his playing career and I don’t begrudge him a single penny or cent of what he earns and RM agreed to.

Clubs take the piss, just like most companies! They draw you in with a big fat contract, but if YOU do anything wrong, they cut you off at the knees. If they want to get rid, they CREATE MEDIA ISSUES for you, because the journos want inside access to the CLUB NOT THE PLAYER!

He offered to go to fucking CHINA, ffs, but when RM heard the money he was going to be on, which was akin to a player leaving on a free after their contract expires, they wanted a cut! Well, fuck them!

The coach and club have both said they want him out, but he has a contract. They’re putting enormous pressure on him, and trying to make Madrid itself a hostile place for him to be, so he depressurize by playing golf and getting away from everyone. Good for him!

If he shows up for training, does what is asked of him professionally, then fuck Madrid or fine him for code violations. Simple.

Madrid want to have their cake and eat it, too. If I were Bale I’d make it crystal clear...I am going to honor my contract. If you find another club for me or deal you like, I am open to listening. BUT, at age 31, I am not interested in throwing away the best deal of my life simply to save you a few Euro! I had a deal we agreed on, when I was heading to China and you reneged, so what do you want from me. And, if you continue with the reputational harm, I’ll be talking to my lawyers.

As an ex-union leader and now just Union contract worker, I know EXACTLY how these things go! My company has $18B IN CASH and they’re bending us over (18% pay cut for 2 yrs) to get THE PILOTS TO BUY THE JOBS OF THE 2,850 PILOTS THEY WANT TO IMMEDIATELY FURLOUGH, otherwise they will furlough 3,900 of them!

This is all coming after a 5 year period where they bought back $9B in stock for the owners on the BOD and they have dragged out our contract negotiations for TWO YEARS AND COUNTING after 5 yrs of record profits!

They have said no new contract until 2023 at the earliest and the law allows them to drag it out...and us live under the old contract...WITH NO STRIKE THREAT!!!

So, you can put me in Bale’s camp on this one!

Oh, and you can all drop the “professional pride” bollocks! He’s already achieved things in the game others only dream of, plays for Real Fucking a Madrid after a mega deal to bring him in, so questioning his professionalism is a joke!

He has another 60 years to live, a family to take care of, and any of you who SAY you would walk away from his deal after what he has done are only fooling yourselves.

this. Contracts work both ways. They wouldnt let one of their star players leave for free by ripping up their contract, they gave him a contract for x amount of money for x amount of years, so they have to honour it
 
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