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BBC: Gareth Bale to Stay with Real Madrid After Proposed China Transfer Is Nixed

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 26:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at MetLife Stadium on July 26, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Real Madrid have reportedly called off Gareth Bale's proposed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein reported as much on Sunday:

David Ornstein @bbcsport_david

Understood Real Madrid called the deal off #RMFC

Per the Telegraph's Matt Law, Bale had been nearing a move that would have seen him earn more than £1 million per week.

According to John Percy of the same outlet, Real president Florentino Perez won't let Bale go without receiving a transfer fee from Suning, who have until Wednesday before the Chinese transfer window closes.

Foreign signings in the CSL are subject to a 100 per cent levy, effectively doubling the cost of overseas players for Chinese clubs.

Bale has three years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid.

Per Ornstein, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane said the Welshman leaving the club would be "best for everyone."

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett responded to those comments by telling ESPN FC that Zidane is a "disgrace."

He also told Le Journal du Dimanche (h/t Eleven Sports) that the Frenchman "doesn't like Gareth Bale. There is no relationship between them, there never has been."

However, given that very few clubs have the resources to fund a move for the winger, if his move to China is off, he may well remain at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

The 30-year-old has contributed a great deal in the Spanish capital during his six years at the club:

OptaJose @OptaJose

157 - Since he joined the club in the summer of 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo (318) & Karim Benzema (197) have been involved in more competitive goals for Real Madrid than @GarethBale11 (157). Exit. https://t.co/1BLkIJ1LO5

Goal @goal

Bale at Real Madrid: 2013-14 👤 44 ⚽ 22 🎯 16 2014-15 👤 48 ⚽ 17 🎯 12 2015-16 👤 31 ⚽ 19 🎯 12 2016-17 👤 27 ⚽ 9 🎯 3 2017-18 👤 39 ⚽ 21 🎯 6 2018-19 👤 42 ⚽ 14 🎯 6 UCL 🏆🏆🏆🏆 Super Cup 🏆🏆🏆 Club World Cup 🏆🏆🏆 La Liga 🏆 Copa del Rey 🏆 Spanish Super Cup 🏆 https://t.co/UVq0Qysgh4

Football writer Andrew Gaffney thinks keeping him would be worthwhile for Los Blancos:

Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC

Despite his inconsistent form, injury history and age… Bale is still the best option for Real Madrid on the right-hand side of attack. If they sign Pogba, it'll mean they won’t have enough cash left over to replace Bale with a world class alternative.

Bale's future looked under threat from the moment Zidane returned to the club in March, and his days appeared to be numbered when the manager left him out of the final three matches of the campaign.

The player can still have a big impact for Real next season, but he and Zidane will need to mend their relationship for that to happen.

According to Law, Bale earns £600,000 per week in Madrid, so the club can ill afford to have him sat on the bench or up in the stands when he's fit to play.

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