The Welsh international confirmed his intention to head back to Madrid this summer after spending last season on loan with former club Tottenham.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 8, 2021
He now looks set to complete the final year of his contract in the Spanish capital but his preseason comeback did not go to plan against AC Milan.
Gareth Bale wins a penalty for Real Madrid…but then steps up himself and misses the spot kick! 😱
A weak effort and an easy save for Maignan in the Milan goal 🧤 pic.twitter.com/2hHbDRBmIT
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) August 8, 2021
However, alongside the frustration of missing a key chance against the Serie A giants, Bale was also required to pull on the unfamiliar No.50 jersey for the game.
His previous No.11 was taken by Marco Asensio following his move to Spurs in 2020 and he does not have a confirmed squad number for the 2021/22 campaign.
The lowest number available for Bale this season is No.16 but no decision has been made by the club at this stage.