Real Madrid have told Gareth Bale’s outspoken agent Jonathan Barnett that his client is not for sale this summer, after Barnett himself met with Florentino Perez to see if he could start listening to offers.
Much has been made in recent weeks over Bale’s supposed frustration at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his chief representative hinting publicly that he was ready to leave if things didn’t get better.
Agent talks with Perez
However, according to fresh reports in Spanish newspaper AS, Barnett was in talks with Perez earlier this week and has been informed in no uncertain terms that Los Blancos don’t want to relinquish the services of the man they paid around £85 million for two summers ago.
As the report goes on though - and this is where it gets really interesting - it claims that Barnett informed Real of a proposal from English giants Manchester United to the tune of €65 million, just incase it was of interest. For those more transfer-savvy fans amongst you that fee will naturally come as a surprise given that many of Britain’s tabloids have been linking Bale with sums in excess of €100m.
Nevertheless Real appear unmoved, casting doubts over the idea that Bale is going to be playing his football anywhere other than Madrid next year.
It’s true that the Wales international hasn’t been stealing headlines for the right reasons this term, but it’s still less than a year since he bagged the winning goal in the Champions League final to secure the coveted La Decima, merely weeks after his sensational solo effort won Real the Copa del Rey as well.
Pressure on Bale
As has always been the case the Bernabeu fans take very few prisoners over the course of the season, and Bale appears to have acted as something of a lightning rod for the bulk of their frustrations.
When it’s considered he’s still managed to provide nine assists and score 13 goals in La Liga alone this term he’s produced a far from shabby return, although that hasn’t been enough for him to be registered as one of Real’s more influential performers.
Indeed if Bale does stay one gets the feeling next year could be make or break for him. On his day the winger is an unplayable talent capable of tearing defences apart and deciding games virtually on his own. If he lets the pressure get to him though he could be chewed up and spat out of Real like so many have been before him. It’s looks clear what outcome his agent seems to be rooting for.
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