Bale, one of the biggest in Europe, says Madrid chef Perez
Bale fell out of favor with Zinedine Zidane at Madrid and spent last season on Premier League loan with former club Tottenham.
Zidane’s second departure as head coach paved the way for a return to the Santiago Bernabeu for Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge during Bale’s first season in the Spanish capital in 2013-14 which culminated in the Madrid’s 10th crown in the Champions League.
In an interview with El Transistor on Onda Cero, Perez referred to Bale scoring a key goal during extra time for that final triumph over Atletico Madrid, as well as his equally decisive contributions in the 2014 Copa del Rey final. against Barcelona and the final victory of the 2018 Champions League over Liverpool.
Although he wasn’t always the first choice for former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho last season, Bale has scored 16 times in 19 starts and 34 total appearances.
Of the Premier League players who have scored 15 or more goals in all competitions in 2020-21, none have done so at a better pace than Bale’s every 104.4 minutes. Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho was the second most effective in this regard, scoring 19 goals to one every 118.8 minutes.
In total, Bale has scored 105 goals in 251 appearances for Madrid.
“He’s a great player. From the way I see him, he’s one of the great players in Europe,” Perez said of Bale, who impressed Wales through to the eighth round. Euro 2020 final and has a contract in Madrid until June 2022.
“Everyone is as he is and has his own personality. The last thing I remember about him is in Kiev [against Liverpool]. He throws scissors [overhead kick] and scores a goal. And then he marks another one.
“And the header in Lisbon [against Atletico Madrid]. This race against Barcelona in Valencia in the Copa del Rey.
“Would I like him to stay? I like everything [the Madrid players]. “
The most notable outgoing in Madrid this tight season, arguably more than Zidane, is longtime captain Sergio Ramos.
The veteran defender said his tearful farewell to the club last week and claimed he did not want to leave Madrid, only to be told that a contract offer that was on the table for him had expired.
“I love Sergio and I’m not going to talk about it. He was a Real Madrid legend,” Perez said.
“He was offered a contract, he was told he had a deadline and he didn’t admit it. He thought the opposite.”
Perez added that there will be a role for Ramos at Madrid when the 35-year-old’s playing days come to an end, if he so chooses.
âI love Sergio as a son. I bought him in 2005. Of course I’m sorry,â Perez said.
“He will come back, this is his home. It has happened to me with other players. I love him like he is my son and wish him the best.
“I’m not going to talk here about who is right and who is wrong. There are no nuances.”