Gareth Bale’s injury struggles are making things “even harder” for him at Real Madrid and could lead to a transfer, says John Toshack.
The Wales international has been ravaged by fitness issues throughout his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
His current calf complaint is the 18th ailment to have forced him onto the treatment table since moving to the Spanish capital in a record-breaking €100 million deal in 2013.
While he has enjoyed plenty of highs with Real – including three Champions League triumphs – his inability to steer clear of injury is proving to be a problem and has sparked speculation regarding a possible move, with Manchester United considered to be long-time admirers.
Former Wales and Real boss Toshack told El Larguero on Bale’s situation: “His injuries are probably hindering him now.
“He has missed so many matches and despite Madrid winning so many matches and trophies, it must be hugely frustrating.
“Should he move to another club? Only people at Madrid will know about this but the demands at the Bernabeu are very, very high.
"If you are less than 100 per cent physically fit, it becomes even harder.
“He is now 28 and 11 years after making his debut with me at 17, these should be the best years of his life.
“The entire BBC [Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo] now has problems and for various reasons, such as others now coming through, I’m unsure we’ll see much more of them together from now on.”
Bale has made just nine appearances in all competitions this season, taking in only 396 minutes of La Liga action.
He has found the target only three times to date and will not be adding to that tally any time soon after being forced back onto the sidelines.
Bale also managed just 27 appearances and nine goals last season, with his lack of action first sparking the possible exit talk and leading to him being left off the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or.