Gabriel Agbonlahor has instructed Aston Villa to make a move for Gareth Bale this summer.
The Welsh forward is set to soon become a free agent with his Real Madrid contract expiring at the end of this month. Having signed from Tottenham Hotspur for a then-world record fee in 2015, Bale picked up five Champions League winners’ medals and three La Liga titles during his time in Spain.
Though he endured difficult spells at the Bernabeu, the 32-year-old demonstrated his quality during a loan move back to Spurs in 2020/21, where he scored 16 goals in 34 games. And Bale will be eager to find a new club after Wales secured their place at the upcoming World Cup for the first time since 1958.
It was Bale’s free-kick that was inadvertently headed in by Andriy Yarmolenko to give Wales a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Sunday and secure their place at the tournament. Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has said he would make a move for Bale this summer, if he was in charge of the club’s recruitment.
“I’d take him, yeah,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT . “Because Leon Bailey had his injury problems and not performed. Aston Villa have got options in Coutinho and Buendia but Bale would offer something different coming from the wide position.”
However, it was pointed out to the ex-striker that he had previously said ‘top clubs’ would not choose to sign Bale. Asked if he currently considered Villa to be an elite side, Agbonlahor responded: “Not in the Premier League at the moment, no. I wouldn’t say they were.”
There had been suggestions that Bale could possibly retire at the end of his Real Madrid contract. However, after Wales secured World Cup qualification, the forward told Sky Sports light-heartedly that his retirement plans had been postponed “for a little bit”. Wales’ opening group game against USA will take place on 21 November, while the tournament in Qatar will conclude on 18 December.