Gareth Bale has warned that “crazy” demands will have dire consequences for players as he dismissed rumors he will join Spanish club Getafe after leaving Real Madrid. Bale, a free agent after his nine-year stay with the European champions came to an end, reiterated that he would make a decision about his future after his summer break. The Wales captain will face Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City when Belgium visit Cardiff for Saturday’s Nations League game. De Bruyne criticized the competition last week, saying that four games in a week and a half at the end of a long season were “asking for trouble”, complaining that he had “not had a holiday for eight or nine years”.
“It’s crazy,” Bale said Friday. “We were talking over lunch recently and someone said that De Bruyne could play 79 games next season and have a three-week break.
“It’s too much and of course things have to change. Players will tell you there are way too many games.”
He added: “There will be long-term consequences. People’s bodies cannot cope with such a calendar year after year.
“Something has to change and people at the top of the game have to do something. Unfortunately, money is involved. It’s a business and they want to make more money.”
Bale, 32, last week said he had received “a lot of offers” for next season, but reiterated that he will take time before deciding where he will play for the World Cup, which starts in November.
Reports suggested the attacker could stay in Spain with Madrid-based Getafe after their president Angel Torres said Bale had been offered to them.
But Bale said, “I’m not going to Getafe. That’s for sure.”
Hometown club Cardiff, Newcastle and MLS teams in the United States have all been suggested as possible destinations.
“I have enough time to go on vacation and then decide my future,” said Bale.
“Certainly it (the World Cup) affects it. I just want to play matches to be as fit as possible to go into the World Cup.
“Once I start playing normal football again, my body will get more robust and a little better, rather than in and out.”
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