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Bale Aims to Have Beckham-Like Impact in China

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Bale Aims to Have Beckham-Like Impact in China

Gareth Bale believes he can be at the forefront of a football revolution in China should he complete his impending move to Jiangsu Suning.

While the deal, which is worth around £1m per week to the Real Madrid forward, is being finalised, a key motivation for the Welshman is the chance to effect fundamental change in the game, rather as David Beckham energised football in the United States with his move to MLS.

The 30-year-old believes he has achieved everything in the European game, having claimed four Champions Leagues, one La Liga, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups in six years at Real. He scored three times in the Champions League final triumphs, and six times in six Club World Cup matches, the second highest tally, behind Cristiano Ronaldo. When at Tottenham Hotspur Bale was twice voted the PFA Player of the Year. He is Wales’ highest scorer with 31 goals in 77 appearances.

The transfer window in China closes on 31 July so there are four days left for Bale to complete the move to the Nanjing-based club, who stand seventh in the Chinese Super League and have a squad that includes the Brazil defender Miranda, who is 34, and his compatriot, Alex Teixeira, a 29-year-old former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder.

Bale is poised to leave Real since Zinedine Zidane made it clear he was not wanted after relations between the Welshman and the head coach broke down.