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UK Brexit Chaos Could Force Gareth Bale To Leave Real Madrid

Gareth Bale could be set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, should the UK leave the European Union in a “no deal” Brexit.


The Welshman, along with a plethora of other UK exports currently playing throughout Europe, would be forced to leave Real and return back home should Brexit occur without a deal in place to protect the working rights of nationals living and working abroad.
Bale joined Real in 2013 for a then world-record fee and has helped them claim four European Cups in the last five seasons.
Should the UK leave the EU on March 29 with no deal in place, his rights to residency and employment in Spain will become subject to the jurisdiction of Spanish laws on non-EU nationals working in the country.
Put simply, if the UK leave Europe in a “no deal” Brexit and he does not secure a work permit by April 1, he is highly unlikely to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid.
The original Brexit plan drawn up by British Prime Minister Theresa May would have seen the likes of Bale be allowed to continue playing in Europe, however that deal suffered an historic defeat on Tuesday leaving a deeply uncertain future.
Speaking to ESPN, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said his client would “wait and see what happens” and that he was “hopeful” an agreement would be reached, although it is “impossible to plan” in the current political climate.
However, Bale could be saved given his financial situation according to a legal expert in Spain.
“There is Spanish legislation which cover the rights and liberties of non-EU nationals in Spain,” Juan Ignacio Navas of Navas & Cusi Abogados told ESPN.
“The foreign player would need to get permission from the Spanish government in order to live and work in Spain. Put simply, they would need to get a license to work in Spain.
“But we have a law that if you buy a house for half a million euro, or you have a 'special' job, it is easier.”
Manchester United would be at the front of the queue should Bale be forced to leave Spain, having enquired about his availability in 2018 following his match-winning display in the Champions League final.

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