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Gareth Bale's Agent Is 'Not Sure' Zinedine Zidane Wants Him at Real Madrid

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIMay 8, 2019

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale reacts during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on April 21, 2019. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has said the Wales international is keen to remain at Real Madrid but he is not sure if manager Zinedine Zidane wants him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barnett spoke to Sky Sports News about the 29-year-old's future in Spain amid speculation he could be on his way out of the club at the end of the season:

"He wants to stay. 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.

"That is his opinion, he is entitled to it, I won't criticise him."

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 21: (L-R) Isco of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Athletic de Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 21, 2019 in Madrid Spain (
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Barnett was also asked about the possibility of Bale returning to the Premier League, per Sky Sports News: "It certainly is possible, if somebody puts their hand in their pocket and pays us what we think he deserves. It is going to be a lot of money!"

Bale has endured a difficult season at Real Madrid that has once again been disrupted by injuries. He has also struggled for form and has only made 21 La Liga starts.

Zidane said in April that he does not know if Bale has a future at the club beyond the current season after another unimpressive performance against Rayo Vallecano, per Goal.

Marca reported that Zidane has told Bale he is no longer counting on him, as sports journalist Jonas Giaever noted:

Jonas Giæver @CheGiaevara

Marca reporting that Zinedine Zidane has told Gareth Bale that he is not counting on him anymore. Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos have both received the same message from Zidane who has started his "one to one"-interviews with the players. They've been told to find new teams https://t.co/r26iLgx5Ns

Real Madrid are expected to spend heavily in the summer transfer window as Zidane looks to overhaul an underperforming squad.

Los Blancos are considering spending over €500 million (£430 million) on bringing in Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen, Tanguy Ndombele and Luka Jovic, according to Carlos Forjanes at AS.

There is a sense that Bale's time at Real Madrid may be coming to an end. He appears surplus to requirements, but his age, injury record and wage demands mean Los Blancos may find it difficult to find a willing buyer.  

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