Real Madrid have reportedly blocked a deal for Gareth Bale to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning with the forward now set to stay in the Spanish capital next season, according to BBC’s David Ornstein.
The 30-year old, who has spent six years at the Santiago Bernabeu, was set for an exit from the club after manager Zinedine Zidane publicly announced that Bale is no longer in his plans for the upcoming season.
Gareth Bale, who has won four Champions League medals at the club, has not been a regular starter under Zidane due to concerns over his fitness and inconsistency in form.
Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing the Welshman, however, a highly lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning was reportedly accepted by Real Madrid and the player.
Suning were paying Gareth Bale almost £1m-a-week in what would have made him one of the highest-paid players in the world. However, club president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane have now changed their mind and called for the winger to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Exclusive: Gareth Bale’s proposed move to China is OFF. As things stand, he will be staying at Real Madrid #RMFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 28, 2019
It is still unclear as to what made Real Madrid take a u-turn in what was a straightforward move. It could be assumed that the Spanish giants were unhappy over the transfer terms laid down by the Chinese club.
Earlier this week, Gareth Bale scored a goal against Arsenal in the International Champions Cup friendly between the two in the United States.
Zidane spoke about the forward’s “good” performance, but insisted that his decision regarding the player’s transfer situation remained the same.
“He put in a good performance and I’m pleased for him,” he said. “Nothing has changed, you know the situation. He played today, he wanted to and he did a good job. He wanted to be with us today; he trained normally and played the match.
“I make the decisions and he played one half. We’ll have to see what happens. He’s still here with us at this stage.”
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan are now on red alert following the sensational transfer collapse. All three clubs want Gareth Bale on loan for the upcoming season due to his huge valuation. It will now be interesting to see the next phase of this long-running transfer saga.
Meanwhile for the Galacticos, they suffered a humiliating 7-3 drubbing at the hands of local rivals, Atletico Madrid. Their new recruits, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard failed to fire as goals were scored by Nacho, Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez.