Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is “angry” and “fed up” at the Spanish giants and wants to leave the club, that’s according to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague.
The 30-year-old Wales international had been set to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning on a three-year deal in the summer – earning a reported £1m a week – but Real cancelled the contract because they wanted a transfer fee.
In July, Real manager Zinedine Zidane said “we hope he leaves soon”, a comment to which Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett replied: “Zidane is a disgrace – he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”
After the collapse of his move to China, Bale pulled out of a pre-season game in Munich – understood to be because he was not in the right mental state to play.
He has returned to the Real team this season, finding the back of the net twice in seven matches as they have moved to the top of La Liga.
But he was left out of the squad for last week’s Champions League game against Club Bruges, before returning to the starting line-up for the 4-2 win against Granada on Saturday.
“Gareth Bale is fed up,” said Balague. “He can do this no longer. At a time when he began to stand out, knowing that as he plays matches his fitness would be sharpened, he suddenly had to watch the game against Bruges in the stands. Nobody knows why.
“He is angry, confused. When Zidane returned to the club, he decided he did not want Bale, without anyone having offered clear reasoning.”