Gareth Bale and Brexit give Real Madrid an extra headache
real Madrid have another sticky situation to negotiate as team members gradually begin to return to preseason action with the new LaLiga campaign begins in mid-August. Following the implementation of Brexit At the end of 2020, Gareth Bale now occupies one of the club’s three spaces reserved for non-European players. TThe Spanish FA issued a statement at the end of December 2020 outlining the impact of British players in Spain with the decision coming into effect for the 2021/22 season. The implementation was hesitant for the second part of the 2020/21 campaign and the impacts on Gareth Bale and Kieran Trippier of Atletico Madrid.
There is a possible lifeline for the two Madrid-based clubs as the fine print in the settlement suggests those affected may be players who are new signings and players from existing deals may be exempt from the decision. Both clubs are bracing for a situation where both Bale and Trippier hold non-EU status and AS has contacted the government sports body (CSD) Consejo Superior de Deportes) who claim there has been no extension of the couple’s status in the previous season but added that they would be open to “exploring a solution, within legal parameters that would satisfy the parties involved in the governance of Spanish football (LaLiga, the Spanish FA and the AFE “(union of players) so all is not lost for Atlético and Real Madrid at this point.
Bale and Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale is entering his last season under contract with the Santiago Bernabéu side and the club must now negotiate this difficult situation related to the non-European player rule with Brazilian trio Vinicius, Rodrygo and Militao. If there is no change or immediate modification in the decision, any of the four cannot be listed to play in La Liga this season. Real Madrid have two other non-European players on their books, but it is understood that the two Japanese center players Kubo and Brazilian Reinier will be sent on loan.
The other way for Madrid is to obtain dual citizenship for one of the three Brazilians in the trio. with plans already in place to secure both Brazilian and Spanish citizenship for Vinicius, with Spanish law stating that this process can only begin when the person in question has spent two years (uninterrupted) working in the country.
Another option for the club to explore is signing Rodrygo as a Real Madrid Castilla player and in this way Ancelotti could call on the winger to play in the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana and Champions League with the UEFA competition having its own regulations for appearances at international level.