But instead of looking forward to a rare period of calm, Bale has whipped up another storm in the Spanish capital.
No supporters means no abuse from the stands for one of the most talented but under-appreciated footballers of his generation.
Jeremy Cross Column: Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is set to return to La Liga action with the team on Sunday and he should be delighted supporters are unable to attend
The Wales star has been the subject of constant criticism in the Spanish press over his fondness for golf and a perceived lack of commitment to Real Madrid.
The silence should be golden for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale when the La Liga season resumes behind closed doors this week.
His previous decision to pose with a controversial banner following a Wales game last November that said, ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order,’ sent the media and supporters of Los Blancos into meltdown.
He appeared to mock the media by being photographed practicing his golf swing while his team-mates posed for a squad picture.
He has seemingly been reluctant to learn the language, refused interviews, treated some of the English journalists based there with disdain at times and shown little interest in immersing himself in the culture of one of the finest cities in the world.
Bale’s difficulties in Madrid started long before posing with that flag, though.
Yet seven years on from joining Real in a then-world record £85million deal from Tottenham, and despite constant speculation linking him with moves to China and a return to the Premier League, Bale is still there.
The scrutiny on him has been relentless and intense but for the most part, he has continued to do what he’s paid handsomely to do and let his football do the talking.
Last week his agent insisted the Welshman, who will be 31 next month, would be happy to see out the remainder of his career at the Bernabeu.
Bale loves golf. So what? So did Alan Hansen while he was helping Liverpool be the best team in Europe and it didn’t do him any harm – or the hundreds of other footballers down the years.
Bale deserves more respect for what he’s achieved in Madrid. Since joining them, he’s helped Real win 12 major trophies, including four Champions League titles.
The attacker has earned the right to poke fun at those who continue to knock him down.
Ultimately, he will be the one laughing the loudest and longest when he puts all his medals on the table.
Bale is having one of those careers most players only dream about – and is undoubtedly the finest export British football has ever seen.