Gareth Bale looks likely to remain at Santiago Bernabau, which would come as a massive surprise to many following the scuffle between Bale, Madrid supporters and team manager, Zinedine Zidane, in a not so loving triangle.
The Real Madrid board has reportedly blocked his lucrative transfer to China following injury concerns in the squad.
The Welsh winger was expected to put pen to paper on a three-year deal this week. The lucrative contract would have seen the former Tottenham Hotspur man earn more than £1m a week. That move has been declared off after the Madrid board reportedly asked for a transfer fee for the player.
The 30-year-old who joined Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 for a then world-record fee of £85m has been in the bad books of Madrid supporters, as they booed last season following rumours of the player playing golf during his injury stint and refusing to feature for the Los Galaticos in key matches.
Zidane has stated one too many times that "if any player doesn’t want to play, he is welcome to leave." Gary Barnett, Bale’s agent, had tagged Zidane a “disrespectful coach” following the coach's admittance to the press that he would be "happy" to see Bale leave. However, the French legend, Zinedine Zidane, said he was quoted out of context.
Florentino Pérez, the President of Real Madrid, is believed to have requested an extra payment to sign the 30-year-old, who still has three years left on the contract he signed in 2016 which is worth around £600,000 a week before tax.
The Chinese transfer window closes on Wednesday, which means Bale’s hopes of sealing a move away from the Spanish capital this summer is hanging on a thin thread. There has been no bid or inquiry from previous suitors. Manchester United and the English Premier League (EPL) summer transfer window shuts on August 8.
The potential replacement for Bale, Marcos Asensio, who was expected to fill the boots of Gareth Bale if he had left, picked up a long term injury. Asensio is set to undergo surgery for the ACL he picked up in a friendly preseason match. If Asensio undergoes a successful surgery, he will still be on the sidelines for months. All circumstances point to Bale staying.