Gareth Bale 'was the ONLY Real Madrid player to REJECT a pay-cut'

Gareth Bale ‘was the ONLY Real Madrid player to REJECT a pay-cut’ to his £500,000-a-week wages at the height of the coronavirus pandemic… with rest of the dressing room ‘accepting 10% cut without hesitation’

  • Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut this year
  • The club asked the players and staff to take a 10 per cent cut due to coronavirus
  • Welsh star was unwilling to forfeit 10 per cent of his £500,000-a-week salary
  • Those that did accept a pay cut helped the club save a total of 50million euros 

Gareth Bale was reportedly the only Real Madrid player that refused to take a pay cut earlier this year as the club struggled with the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the club losing revenue due to the suspension of football, the staff and players were asked to accept a 10 per cent cut to their annual salaries, with that rising to 20 per cent if the league was unable to continue.

It is believed that the entire first-team were in agreement over the wage reduction, except Bale. The Welshman was advised by his representatives to refuse the cut on his mammoth £500,000-a-week wages.

Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut amid the pandemic

Sergio Ramos was responsible for liaising between Real Madrid chiefs and the squad but it was Zinedine Zidane who helped the players recognise the importance of helping the club, according the Cadena Ser via Marca.  

Bale, who had a difficult relationship with Zidane and the club’s fans, is reported to have been the only Madrid player who wanted to keep getting paid his full salary.

The players and staff who did forfeit 10 per cent of their wages helped the club save just under 50million euros (£45m). 

Zinedine Zidane had helped the other players recognise the importance of helping the club

Bale, who earns £500,000-a-week, was unwilling to part ways with 10 per cent of that cash

Bale, who became the most expensive footballer in history upon signing for Real Madrid seven years ago, was pocketing £24million a year at Madrid – and would have saved the club £50,000 a week if he agreed to the reduction. 

The Welsh forward has always been a controversial figure in the Spanish capital and following a turbulent time at Real Madrid, Bale was finally offloaded as he returned to Tottenham in the summer. 

Bale will likely make his second debut with Spurs against their London rivals West Ham on Sunday.

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Gareth Bale is 'one of the best in the world,' insists Casemiro

‘He’s one of the best in the world… top five without a doubt’: Casemiro heaps praise on former team-mate Gareth Bale… and insists he ‘got along very well with everyone’ in the Real Madrid dressing room during time in Spain

  • Gareth Bale is ‘in top five without a doubt’ insists former team-mate Casemiro
  • The Brazilian also insisted Bale ‘got on well’ with everyone at Real Madrid 
  • Bale left Real Madrid on loan this summer to re-join old side Tottenham Hotspur 

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has insisted Gareth Bale ‘got along very well with everyone’ and dismissed suggestions he was an outcast in the dressing room.

Bale departed Madrid on loan this summer to return to Tottenham and there were multiple reports over his relationship with the rest of the squad in Spain.

But Casemiro has come to the defence of the Wales international and said he is in ‘the top five in the world without a doubt’. 

Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid has been defended by his former team-mate Casemiro

The Brazilian (right) went on to add he feels Bale remains ‘a top five’ talent when on form

‘He got along very well with everyone,’ Casemiro told Movistar Plus’ programme ‘Vamos‘.   

‘When he plays, if he’s focused, he’s one of the best in the world, top five without a doubt. 

‘It’s a pleasure for me to have shared the dressing room with someone like him. I hope it goes well at this stage at Tottenham. 

Bale was reported to be an outsider in the dressing room but Casemiro (left, with Bale) dismissed such talk and went on to thank Bale for helping secure so many trophies

‘I thank you for the ‘chirlos’ [screamers] you scored in the finals. When I think of Gareth, I remember those good times.’ 

The Welshman produced some major moments for Real Madrid, scoring in multiple Champions League finals, including a stunning overhead kick to seal the 2018 final against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. 

He departed Spain this summer having won a total of 13 trophies in seven years. 

Luka Modric, who plays alongside Casemiro in Real Madrid’s midfield, echoed the sentiments that Bale was far from a pariah in the dressing room. 

‘I have been here with Bale for a long time,’ Modric told El Partidazo del Cope.

‘He’s a spectacular, shy guy. The press are judging him for his recent years, but you have to remember him for everything he has given. 

Luka Modric (left) came to the defence of Bale (right) for his time with Real Madrid

‘He has not had any problems in the dressing room. He spoke Spanish with us. People quickly forget what Bale has done. Gareth didn’t socialise much, but in the dressing room he was fine. I’m sorry many forgot what he has done.’

Bale is yet to feature for Jose Mourinho’s side since his arrival but it seems he is edging closer to making his second Spurs debut. 

Bale has been suffering with a knee injury sustained while playing for Wales last month, meaning his highly-anticipated Tottenham return was delayed. 

Spurs face London rivals West Ham next in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and Bale could feature.

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