Bale to fight for Real place af­ter agent rules out loan trans­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Mike McGrath

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.

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