Wales skipper Gareth Bale in talks with Cardiff over potential transfer | Soccer News

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Gareth Bale’s representatives said on Wednesday they had held talks with Cardiff over a potential transfer to the Championship club following the Wales captain’s departure from Real Madrid.

Bale has been heavily linked with a free transfer to his hometown side following the end of his turbulent nine-year spell at Madrid.

The 32-year-old striker, once the world’s most expensive player, is said to be considering the pros and cons of joining the Bluebirds before playing for Wales at the World Cup in Qatar in November.

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His representatives have confirmed to TSWT Sport Wales that they are in negotiations with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman.

Five-time Champions League winner Bale has several options on the table with MLS sides, his former club Tottenham and Newcastle all mooted as possible destinations.

But he has fueled speculation he may prefer Cardiff by saying the level of football he plays ahead of the World Cup will not be a determining factor.

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Speaking while on international duty with Wales last week, Bale said: “I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game.

“I need time to think about the best decision for me, my family, my children, and hopefully we will sort this out over the summer. I have options.”

Bale, who has family in Cardiff, was earning around £600,000 ($736,000) a week at Real and would have to take a big pay cut to sign for Steve Morison’s side.

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But his agent Jonathan Barnett said in a recent interview that ‘what Gareth does next is not about the money’.

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The sight of Bale at the Cardiff training ground on Wednesday led some fans to speculate he was close to a move to the Bluebirds.

But Cardiff shares the facility with Football Association of Wales medical staff and it is understood Bale was there to undertake physiotherapy work.

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