Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has ruled out the possibility of a loan move for the Real Madrid outcast this summer.
Zinedine Zidane has said that Bale is ‘very close’ to leaving Madrid and claimed the 30-year-old forward refused to come on as a substitute in the side’s 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend. Madrid approached Manchester United over a possible deal for Bale as a means to landing Paul Pogba, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear that he had no interest in signing the Wales international.
Solskjaer is looking to reduce the age of United’s ageing squad and the club have their eye on other attacking targets, namely Nicolas Pepe and Bruno Fernandes. Tottenham, meanwhile, have explored the possibility of re-signing Bale on a season-long loan, but it appears the attacker will not be making a temporary move.
‘There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,’ Bale’s agent Barnett said. ‘Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.’
Barnett added: ‘Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player. If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. Or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends.’
At the weekend, Barnett branded Zidane a ‘disgrace’ for openly discussing the Welshman’s impending departure. ‘Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid,’ Barnett said. ‘If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing.’ On whether Bale is close to finding a new club, Barnett added: ‘We are working on it.’
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