Bale to fight for Real place after agent rules out loan transfer
Gareth Bale expects to stay at Real Madrid for the remaining two years of his contract, with a loan to play regular football elsewhere ruled out by his agent.
Zinedine Zidane omitted Bale from his match-day squad for the final game of the season in La Liga, after leaving him on the bench in the previous six fixtures.
However, Bale is determined to stay with the Spanish champions, who blocked the Wales forward’s move to Jiangsu Suning in China last summer.
“Gareth is one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan,” said Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett.
Zidane put his own future in question over the weekend when he refused to discuss his plans for next season. Bale, 31, is planning to be in Madrid fighting for his place in Real’s team regardless of who is the manager.
He has been under scrutiny for his actions while on the bench since football’s resumption, but Barnett insists that his client’s future is with his current club.
“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract,” he told BBC Sport. “He likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.
“Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him. It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment, but he will not leave.”
Bale could have earned around £1 million a week by moving to China, but Real blocked the transfer by demanding a fee for him. His salary, worth £600,000 a week at Real, would be an obstacle should he look for a move.