The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union has also affected the transfers of footballers from the British Isles to foreign clubs.
The leadership of the Spanish La Liga was the first to react to this situation, agreeing with the Royal Football Federation (RFEF) on how to resolve the situation with British players in the middle of the ongoing 2020/2021 season.
Footballers of British nationality, ie the English, Scottish or Welsh, whose Spanish clubs will register from 1 January 2021, will be considered “non-EU players” in the Iberian Peninsula. However, those who strengthened the Spanish teams before the beginning of this year will have the status of an EU player temporarily until 30 June 2021.
The competent authorities also took into account exceptional cases, such as the Welsh striker Gareth Bale. The real player of Real Madrid, with whom he has a contract until 2022, went to Tottenham Hotspur, England, for a one-year guest appearance before the season. Should he return to Madrid before the start of next season, he will continue to be considered an EU player. However, this would change if, for example, he extended his contract with Real or transferred to another Spanish club.