Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is set to lose his EU player status at the club mid way through next season, as a result of the UK’s Brexit deal.
The Welsh international, who is under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022, will lose his position as an EU squad member, when the UK ends it transition period as part of the ongoing Brexit process.
According to reports in Marca, the club are already taking steps to address the situation, with Bale’s rights secured until the end of 2020.
The arrangement that allows Bale to play at Madrid as a EU player ends on January 1 2021. Players can conserve their rights to live, work and study in Spain.T o do this, they have to be registered as foreign residents and the Spanish government has set a deadline for that for December 31, 2020.
From there on, the situation is dependent on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, based on the Withdrawal Agreement, which expires in less than 12 months time.
If no deal is reached, Bale will join Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and new signing Reiner Jesus as the fifth non-EU player in the Real Madrid squad.
Currently La Liga guidelines stipulate that only three non-EU players can be included in a matchday squad at one time.
Real Madrid are not the only club dealing with the fallout from Brexit. Atletico Madrid with Kieran Trippier and Alaves with Oliver Burke are also facing the same problem.
There effects of Brexit will be much more devastating on the Premier League and will have an impact on around 100 players.