Gareth Bale’s agent offered a fierce defense of his client, insisting that there are no problems between the Welsh star and Real Madrid.
Jonathan Barnett insists that he will see his contract in the Spanish capital after seeing an “impossible to refuse” offer from China blocked in 2019 and has no intention of returning to the former Tottenham club.
Bale was criticized again this week after leaving Santiago Bernabeu at the start of Copa del Rey’s defeat for Real Sociedad.
The Welshman, left out of the team, was pictured leaving the pitch in the 82nd minute of the quarter-final showdown – with Los Blancos losing 4-1.
They would eventually be eliminated from the competition with a 4-3 defeat.
Brand Saturday states that Zinedine Zidane, who had been thrilled to sell Bale last summer, is still not satisfied with Bale’s effort levels in training this week.
But in an interview with AS, Barnett defended the 30-year-old Champions League winner four times and insisted that there are no outstanding problems between Bale and Zidane.
“He loves Madrid, he loves the city. He has a wonderful life,” said Barnett.
“Real Madrid wants Gareth Bale. There is no problem between Zidane and Gareth.
“People write to us but now I give up. I don’t care. I promise you will.”
Questioned about how Bale is seen in Spain and his command of the Spanish language, Barnett added: “I take care of Saúl at Atlético Madrid, he is also my client. The other week I was in my office, Gareth Bale was there, and Saúl came in by chance.
“They sat for 10-15 minutes talking Spanish. No problem. You don’t have to show that you speak Spanish at all.”
Barnett also opened up on Bale’s potential to leave the Spanish capital for China last summer, confirming that an “impossible to refuse” offer was made.
“But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell it. Them [the Chinese club] he couldn’t pay what Madrid wanted.
“He received an offer impossible to refuse.
“The money was special. It would have made him the highest paid player on Earth. “
Spurs, and longtime fan Jose Mourinho, have continued to be linked to Bale’s moves in recent times.
But Barnett insists that he won’t see a return to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the future of his client.
“No. He is 30 years old, he will be 31 next year. I don’t know how long Gareth will play. He is the one who wants his lifestyle. He loves Madrid.
“The whole lifestyle is fantastic. I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, nice. It’s freezing cold here.
“If you’re one of the greatest footballers I’ve ever played, why do you want it?”
What does Bale’s future hold for Real Madrid?
“It is not for sale now. Real Madrid has always shown great respect for him, the president has always been a fan of Bale and shows him incredible respect.
“[And] Hopefully with another Champions League. “