Mourinho seemed to always be at odds with the diehard Madridistas at the club, which is attributed as one of the main reasons he left the Spanish giants coming back to Chelsea.
The Mirror has now suggested that while endorsing a move for Bale in public, several key players at the Spanish club are thought to be disgruntled at the intensity and the size of the deal to sign the Welshman.
It should be a slight concern for Bale considering just how passionate Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is about his star players, strongly connected to the roots of the club.
The issue the Madrid players seem to have is the lengths the club is seemingly set to go to in order to sign Bale on a long term deal, for what would be well over the world record transfer paid for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
Some are apparently disgruntled by the amount of cash which could be distributed around the current squad, with others questioning if Real Madrid even need Bale in their current side.
“One of the senior players said that he was surprised that Perez was willing to pay so much for one player and another asked, ‘What about us?’ A third player was adamant that Bale was not needed, and that the squad Carlo Ancelotti already has is strong enough without him,” said a source according to the Mirror.
The danger for Bale is that his dream move to Real Madrid could go a bit wrong before he’s even got to the club and is given a chance to justify why the club have gone to such lengths to sign him.
That would be disastrous for the Welshman considering that he’s likely to tie himself down to Real Madrid, if he moves there, for a very long period of time.
Bale is going to be under enough pressure anyway to justify the immense amount of money that the Spanish team will be paying for him. He’ll need everyone on side so these early signs of apparent discontent are not going to help.
The problem is that because Perez is so keen to listen to his beloved Real Madrid stars and keep them happy, he’ll be under pressure to satisfy the desires and needs of those players while pacifying the desire of the fans for superstar signings like the Welshman.
It’s slightly different to Mourinho’s situation because it’s easier for a manager to leave after a dodgy signing than a player who has just signed a five-year contract.
Bale certainly doesn’t seem like the sort of man who will rock the boat at a club dominated by key figures in the dressing room and that’s what should save him but it’s a shame he seems to already be walking on egg shells before a deal has even been agreed.
What do you think? What do you make of the Mirror’s report?
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