Gareth Bale has boosted the hopes of Cardiff for his services as he suggested that the standard of football will not make much of a difference before the World Cup. Bale is a free agent after his nine-year stay at Real Madrid ended this month. He has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the Premier League, Getafe in La Liga, Cardiff in the Championship, and a number of MLS teams in the US.
“It’s something I guess I need to sit down and go through. Not just with my family, but with the manager here [Page], with the physios here that we use, to see what would give me the best chance of being fit to come November and December,” Gareth Bale said. “I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game. I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. I guess it’s a conversation to be had. I need time to think about what’s the best move for me, my family, and my kids, and hopefully, we’ll sort that out over the summer. I have options.”
“Ideally I would have had more games coming in [to camp] so I would have been even fitter and not had to recover as much as I am at the moment,” he added. “I’ve been available for quite a lot of the games in Spain, sometimes you just don’t get picked so people assume that you’re injured. It [next step] is going to be massively important. I need to make sure I’m playing games and I’m as fit as possible. Sometimes I’m able to get away with it, but ideally, I want to go into a World Cup playing games and being as fit for as long as I can on the pitch.”