Wales Online claim Gareth Bale held talks with Cardiff City manager Steve Morison at the Championship side’s training base on Wednesday – amid reports Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham are all monitoring the free agent.

Bale, 32, is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Real Madrid. The 105-time Wales international endured a difficult final season, playing just seven times under Carlo Ancelotti during 2021-22.

A report from the BBC recently said Fabio Paratici is monitoring Bale. Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa have an ‘eye’ on Bale, while Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan is said to be keen having enjoyed watching Bale at Real Madrid.

But a new development has emerged. Bale has been strongly linked with a move to Cardiff and held talks with Morison at Cardiff’s training base on Wednesday, discussing his future. He goes on holiday soon, until July 16.

However, Bale is keen to make a decision and will do so in the coming days, rather than waiting until the end of his holiday. It appears we will learn about Bale’s next venture sooner rather than later.

Bale held talks with Cardiff: Villa and Tottenham monitoring free agent

Which is best for Bale – Cardiff, Villa, Newcastle or Tottenham? Well, Bale wants to be match-ready for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. He needs a club that appreciates he cannot train every day.

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He might only be available for the odd start here, and a sub appearance in between. Tottenham are in Europe and the a third Spurs spell will tempt him – especially with Champions League football on offer.

But he would not start and Antonio Conte will want someone that presses, works hard. Bale is not built for that anymore. Cardiff will partake in a 46-game Championship season, which takes its toll.

Villa or Newcastle might be best for Bale. They can offer him big money, are showing ambition and are only in a 38-game league without Europe. But a return to Wales or Spurs will pull at the heartstrings.

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