The future of Gareth Bale continues to be on the radar, as Real Madrid have not yet made their move with regards to solving the situation. The winger’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has revealed that his client is highly unlikely to come back to Real Madrid. Even if he comes back, Barnett does not expect Bale to be part of the starting lineup. Yet, it does not seem that a place on the bench will worry Barnett or Bale, as the player seems to be more than happy about pocketing the massive wages of around £600,000 per week.
According to Goal.com, Barnett said: “It's a three-party discussion; it's us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. I very much doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench then that's fine. They want to put me on the bench with that salary? That's fine for me as well.”
Bale is one of the highest earning – if not the highest – players at Real Madrid but he has left out in the cold by the Spanish club for several years. It certainly did not help that Bale did not get along well with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Since his move to the La Liga giants in the summer of 2013, the Welshman has made more than 30 league appearances in just one season. He has been hampered by a string of injury problems, rumoured lack of interest in the game, and inability to fit into the tactical requirements of the Real Madrid legend.
The 31-year-old switched to Tottenham on a loan deal, which is about to expire in the summer. So far, Spurs and Real Madrid have been hesitant to initiate talks about further extending the loan. Another extension would mean that Madrid would effectively let the player leave on a free transfer.
Only a few years ago, Madrid had the opportunity to sell Bale to a Chinese Super League club, but such a move was cancelled at the last minute by Florentino Perez. Now, Madrid stand to lose any transfer fees, as Bale is more than happy to see out his contract.