Gareth Bale has asked for his full €51 million wages to leave Real Madrid this summer

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Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid is up in the air right now. 

Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that the Welshman isn't in his plans for next season, but it's going to be tough for the club to offload him this summer. 

Bale's high price tag and wages mean there are very few other teams in Europe that can afford him, even if they did want to sign him. 

But after falling out of favour with his manager, will the 30-year-old be happy to just sit on the bench and make up the numbers?

Well, apparently so. 

After he was an unused substitute in Madrid's final game of the 2018/19 season - a 2-0 loss to Real Betis, Radioestadio claimed he's told teammates he'll just 'stay and play golf'. 

"I've got three years left on my contract. If they want me to go, they'll need to pay me €17m per season. If not, I'll stay here. And if I have to play golf, I will," Bale reportedly said. 

And it seems that he's not been making empty threats. 

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According to Sport, in the aftermath of Sunday's defeat, the Welshman apparently asked for the €51 million left on his three-year deal.

Bale is certainly not making things easy for Real and has made it clear that he's not going anywhere until he gets what he's owed. 

If the club want a quick resolution to the situation it's up to them to find it, because he has no intention of helping them doing so. 

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As it stands, Bale will be back for pre-season training in a couple of months, even if Zidane doesn't want him there. 

By demanding to be paid in full before he leaves, the forward has given Madrid president Florentino Perez a serious summer headache.

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