Dean Saunders says Bale should look to move to Newcastle this summer
‘I’d say sign for Newcastle’: Dean Saunders says Gareth Bale should look to move to the North East this summer with the Magpies deemed the perfect club for the Welshman by his fellow countryman
- Gareth Bale left Real Madrid this summer after nine years with the Spanish club
- Wales qualifying for the World Cup means that Gareth Bale needs to find a club
- Dean Saunders has touted Newcastle with bringing the player back home
- Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates
Dean Saunders has touted Newcastle United as the perfect destination for Gareth Bale this summer.
Bale’s contract with Real Madrid was not renewed and as such he will leave Spain after nine years.
With Wales having qualified for the World Cup, Bale needs to find a new team this summer. It had been suggested that the forward could retire this summer after enduring a difficult last few years in the game.
Gareth Bale will look for a new club this summer after leaving Real Madrid after nine seasons
Speaking on TalkSport, Bale’s fellow countryman Saunders said: ‘If I could pick a club for him to go to now, I’d say sign for Newcastle.’
He added: ‘They’ve got a project; they’re going in the right direction – he would slot in.
‘The fans right now in Newcastle, because I’ve been there and I worked there – and I realise how much they love the club – right now they could sell 80,000 season tickets.’
Bale’s future is unclear but it is certain that he will be looking to find a club this summer.
Gareth Bale has revealed he is not concerned with the standard of club football he plays
It had been reported that Cardiff City were interested in acquiring the Welshman’s services, but a drop down to the second tier in any country could prove an uncertain move for a player who has plied his trade in the top flight across two countries since 2007.
It was reported that Getafe, traditionally thought of as Madrid’s ‘fourth’ club behind Real Madrid, Atletico and Rayo Vallecano, could sign the player with the suggestion that he did not want to uproot his family at this stage.
However, through a knowing smirk at a press conference, Bale denied any suggestion that he would be moving to Getafe.
Gareth Bale plans to decide on his future after taking a break following international duty with Wales
Bale, speaking ahead of his Wales side’s Nations League clash with Holland last week, said that he did not know whether a drop in standard of football would impact him and that he needed to sit down with the Wales management to discuss his options.
‘It’s something I guess I need to sit down and go through,’ he said.
‘Not just with my family, but with the manager here (Rob Page), with the physios here that we use, to see what would give me the best chance of being fit come November and December.
Gareth Bale and Wales boss Rob Page know it is important for the player to play week in, week out ahead of the Qatar World Cup
‘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 what’s the best move for me, my family, my kids, and hopefully we’ll sort that over the summer. I have options.’
Meanwhile, Newcastle were taken over by Saudi-backed owners last autumn and manager Eddie Howe will have significant funds to play with this summer to improve his side.
Following a strong finish to the season, anchored by January arrival Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle will look to improve their squad markedly ahead of the August 6 start date.
It is expected that Howe’s squad will look quite different when newly promoted Nottingham Forest travel to the North East on the first full day of the season.
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