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REAL MADRID have blocked Gareth Bale’s sensationa­l £1million-a-week move to China after changing their minds about letting him leave.

Sportsmail reported on Saturday morning that the Wales internatio­nal was on the verge of moving to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a three-year deal worth up to £160m. But the move was called off yesterday after Real chiefs decided they are no longer satisfied with the deal. Sources claim the U-turn was sparked by Real’s embarrassi­ng 7-3 pre-season loss to bitter city rivals Atletico on Saturday. Bale started on the bench but was introduced as a second-half substitute. The deal collapsed after Real decided they wanted a bigger fee for the 30-year-old, who cost a world-record £85m in 2013 from Tottenham. But Jiangsu Suning do not want to pay a fee anywhere near the level wanted by Real president Florentino Perez — who has been a big defender of Bale and blocked the move after the Atletico loss. Bale is now facing the prospect of staying at a club where manager Zinedine Zidane has said he doesn’t want him. The transfer window in China shuts on Wednesday and Bale’s representa­tives believe the deal is now beyond saving.

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