Agent: ‘Gareth Bale is going nowhere, he likes living in Madrid’

Gareth Bale has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, says he agent John Barnett in talks with the BBC. The Welsh winger had a terrible season for the Spanish giants as he only made two appearances for the club since the end of the coronavirus lockdown. While it has been widely expected that Bale would be leaving Madrid, his agent claims he is happy in the Spanish capital.

“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. He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It’s up to [Real Madrid manager] Zinedine Zidane. 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.”

There have also been rumours about a troublesome relationship between Bale and Zidane, but his agent insists that is not the case. “Gareth is not looking to outlast Zinedine Zidane. Mr Zidane has been very successful,” Barnett said. “There’s no hatred. Mr Zidane just does not want to play him. Gareth trains every day and he trains well.” Bale has scored more than 100 goals for Madrid and has won four Champions Leagues. His current deal is set to expire in 2022.