Spanish newspaper AS announced the news that the deal agreed for last season that British players wouldn’t take up a non-EU spot won’t continue for the 2021/22 season, meaning Bale, and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier will take up one of those three spots for next year; that is if both players remain at their respective clubs.
What options do Real Madrid have?
The first is selling, or loaning, out Bale. He performed well at Tottenham last season, and was a favourite in Carlo Ancelotti first spell in charge, but he may not be able to play.
Another option is hoping that Vinicius Jr, who has been at Real Madrid since 2018, will have his application for a duel Spanish citizenship approved. This is something that Luis Suarez and Casemiro, as examples, both have which mean they don’t take up a non-EU spot. Spanish law says you must have been working uninterruptedly in the country for at least two years to start the process, which Vinicius has, but due to the pandemic, applications have taken longer to approve, and it’s unlikely his citizenship in granted for at least a few more months at the minimum.