Gareth Bale Reportedly Won't Push for Real Madrid Exit Despite Frustrations

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 25 : Gareth Bale of Real Madrid looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on April 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
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Gareth Bale reportedly wants to stay at Real Madrid and won't attempt to force a move away from the club, despite being "extremely frustrated" by his lack of game time. 

According to the Guardian's Stuart James, the Welshman is still happy in the Spanish capital and is adamant he wants to stay put and fight for his place in the side rather than move on this summer.

Bale was "bitterly disappointed" to be an unused substitute in Real's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, as Lucas Vazquez and Isco were in the starting lineup ahead of him, while Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema were brought on as substitutes by manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bale's UEFA Champions League woes began in the last 16, when he played a combined total of just 36 minutes across two legs with Paris Saint-Germain, and he spent the first leg of the quarter-final with Juventus on the bench. In the second leg against the Bianconeri, he was hauled off at half-time.

ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan gave further perspective to the situation:

Despite missing 14 matches through injury, the 28-year-old has contributed 14 goals and eight assists in all competitions this season—only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more at the club.

Bale's fitness has been an issue at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent years, but all of his injury-related absences this season occurred before the winter break, so it will be a concern he has not been trusted to start in many of their most important matches in the second half of the campaign despite being fit.

Managing Madrid's Lucas Navarrete believes the winger has no future at the club:

Bale may want to stay, but he's an expensive asset to keep on the bench—Real may take the decision for him if he does not feature in Zidane's plans.

However, between his fitness problems and lack of top-level game time in recent months, Los Blancos may have to accept a cut-price fee if they're to find a buyer willing to take a gamble on him.

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