Reports indicate Gareth Bale is very close to leaving Real Madrid for an eye-watering contract in China. At the risk of rehashing the old ‘where did it all go wrong?’ story about George Best, I still can’t help but see it as a waste. He’ll already be amongst the richest sportspeople and presumably more than set for life. Just a shame that he’s apparently decided to go to China at his age. He’s undoubtedly still young enough to perform at the very highest level in one of the top five leagues in Europe. Even the MLS would surely be a better option.