Gareth Balethe situation at real Madrid was always going to be tough heading into the 2021/22 season, but with Carlo AncelottiUpon returning from, he had minimal hope, but only six months later it turned out instead to be a long, sad goodbye covering a total of three games.
An injury recovered on August 28 completely disrupted Ballcampaign, keeping him on the sidelines for a total of 105 days, preventing him from breaking into Ancelottithe plans of.
The fact that real Madrid have won on the pitch in his absence and have built up a solid, regular squad of players, it means there won’t be a fairytale ending for the Welshman in the Spanish capital.
People forget, but Ball was a key cog in the squad that won four Champions League titles in five seasons, but he doesn’t have the same respect as similar mainstays Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Raphaël Varane.
Ball was never going to be offered a contract extension by Los Blancos’ tech department, but he was fortunate enough to make sure he had a positive goodbye, but that now seems impossible with his departure likely to happen without much recognition at all.
Of the three out of 27 possible matches he has played this season, Ball scored a lone goal, and he’s now legally allowed to talk to clubs outside Spain about a free transfer, with his contract only six months to go.
Friday, January 7 marks a total of 131 days since Ball represented Los Merengues on the pitch, and their agent Jonathan Barnett made comments that perhaps made a friendly farewell even less likely.
“I don’t care what real Madrid fans think ” Barnett declared.
“Why should I worry? I think they were disgusting to Gareth Bale, they behaved badly.”