Gareth Bale is staying at Real Madrid, claims Chris Coleman

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Gareth Bale doesn't want to leave Real Madrid this summer and will probably be playing for the club next season, according to current Wales manager Chris Coleman.

The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Spanish capital after falling out of favour with both the local media and the Real Madrid fans.

A number of abject performances, coupled with the team's failure to win a major trophy this season, has seen Bale become a scapegoat.

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With Florentino Perez under pressure to appease the fans and Manchester United reportedly ready to pay €120m to bring him back to the Premier League it seems a summer exit for Bale was looking likely.

"Unless Gareth wants to leave, which I don't think is the case, then I don't think he'll go anywhere"

However, his manager on the international stage, Coleman, believes the former Tottenham star is determined to stay at the Bernabeu and try to make his dream move a success.

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No change expected

"I don't expect his future to change at Real. The president thinks a lot of Gareth," Coleman told BBC Sport.

"Unless Gareth wants to leave, which I don't think is the case, then I don't think he'll go anywhere.

"I don't think he wants to leave. It's Real Madrid - arguably the biggest club on the planet.

"I don't really see him wanting to move, no."

New manager's choice

Carlo Ancelotti was one of Bale's biggest fans at Real Madrid and continued to play him when fans were calling for his head.

Now Ancelotti is gone, Bale's fate could well be in the hands on whoever takes the hottest hot seat in football.

Rafa Benitez appears the early favourite to become the new manager while there are also suggestions that Jurgen Klopp and even Zinedine Zidane could take charge.

What should he do?

Should Bale leave Madrid this summer, his time at Los Blancos will go down as an historic failure. Having cost a world-record £86m, even if Real Madrid make a profit, their decision to sign him will be deemed a mistake.

But so much can change in one season and Bale owes it to himself to have one more crack at becoming a hero.If he fails, Manchester United will surely still be interested next summer.


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