Gareth Bale doesn’t want to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer, according to his agent Jonathan Barnet.
The Welshman has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in recent weeks but any exit now looks likely to be permanent rather than temporary.
Will Bale leave Real? Five key things to know…
- Despite his success, Bale has endured a difficult second half of his Real Madrid career.
- Having seemingly fallen out with Zinedine Zidane, the 29-year-old has been linked with an exit.
- A loan move to either Bayern Munich or former club Tottenham has been mooted.
- Manchester United reportedly ended their interest in Bale earlier this month.
- The former Southampton star could be left in limbo with his options becoming fewer.
Asked about rumours linking his client with a loan move to Bayern – who are in need of wingers after the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery – Barnet told ESPN those stories were “rubbish”.
The agent then spoke to Sky Sports News, clarifying Bale’s stance on leaving the Bernabeu on loan.
Barnett admitted Zidane appears to have “decided he can do without Bale,” but added: “There’s more chance of me winning at Ascot than him going out on loan. It’s not going to happen.
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“I don’t think he wants to go out on loan. He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.
“Obviously, Gareth’s situation at Real hasn’t improved.”
Bale scored 14 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions in 2018/19, making it his second-worst goalscoring season for Madrid.
That said, in the past, he has helped Los Blancos win four Champions Leagues, as well as La Liga and Copa del Rey titles since joining the club in 2013.