Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale wants to remain in Spain’s capital despite falling out of favour at Los Blancos, his agent, Jonathan Barnett has told Sky Sports.
Manager Zinedine Zidane is ready to drop the Wales international down to the club’s Under-23 side, with Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu looking uncertain.
Bale’s current contract runs until 2022 but he has found himself frozen out of recent matchday squads, with Manchester United, who have had two bids rejected previously, likely to go in for the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s services.
The 29-year-old Cardiff-native has made 29 La Liga appearances this season, scoring eight goals for the club in the process in a difficult campaign.
But despite Zidane’s plans for Bale, Barnett says his client wants to remain a Real Madrid player.
He told Sky Sports News: “I am not sure that Mr Zidane wants him to stay but at the moment Gareth wants to stay.
“He has got a contract, he will quite happily see it out until 2022. He has been and is, in my opinion, one of the top three or four players in the world.
“This game is a game of opinions and Mr Zidane doesn’t think that.”
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