Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is thought to be keen on staying at the Santiago Bernabéu this summer in the hope of convincing manager Zinedine Zidane to bring him back into the team.
After years of clashes between the two, Zidane was ready to let Bale walk to Jiangsu Suning last summer, only for Real to pull the plug on the move late on. However, they are still thought to be ‘desperate’ to let him go this year.
A main problem for Real is that Bale has never actually wanted to leave the club. He enjoys living in Madrid and collecting that enormous payslip (no surprise there), and according to The Mirror, the Welshman isn’t ready to give all that up just yet.
Bale has managed just 18 appearances this season, with Zidane often looking past him when it comes to team selection. There have been an endless supply of stories suggesting the pair don’t exactly see eye-to-eye, but that does not concern Bale.
The winger is said to be ready to put those differences aside and simply wants to carry on playing football. Bale hopes to prove his worth to Zidane, but is pretty happy with life as it is anyway.
It was confirmed to 90min that Real are open to letting Bale leave on loan with no upfront cost this summer, as long as any interested side offer to pay the vast majority of his huge wages.
That proposal has tempted Everton, who are eyeing ambitious moves to bring both Bale and fellow countryman Aaron Ramsey back to the Premier League this summer.
However, Bale is not desperate to leave Spain and is thought to only be interested in joining a new club if they can offer him a significant pay rise, which is why he was prepared to head to China last summer.
Real have been tipped to try everything to offload Bale this summer, but they are aware that they are facing an uphill battle.
His high wages and concerning injury history have scared off most suitors, while the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis could make affording a deal for Bale even harder. If nobody can come forward with an acceptable proposal, then Bale will likely get his wish of staying and playing golf – I mean football, in Madrid.
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