Gareth Bale’s representative Jonathan Barnett has confirmed that his client may consider a move away from Real Madrid this summer. The Wales international was in-and-out of the starting lineup during the course of the previous season and he is not prepared for a similar role under new manager Julen Lopetegui.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Barnett said that Bale has yet to hold any talks with Los Blancos unlike previously stated and the failure to assure regular gametime next season, may witness his potential exit from the Bernabeu.
“I think we have to have a chat with Real Madrid and see where we’re going. He wants a better year than he had last year. He wants to play more, and that’s paramount to him. I think he’s one of the top three or four players on earth,” he said.
“For somebody like him, he has to play. It’s not about money. He wants to win the Ballon d’Or and I think he can. I think he’s the best there has ever been in that sense (a British player abroad), unless someone can name me someone who’s been more successful.”
Bale has regularly been linked with Manchester United over the past year and this has largely been associated with Jose Mourinho’s admiration of the Welshman.
Back in August 2017, Mourinho admitted that he would fight with other clubs to sign Bale but unfortunately the move never materialised with the attacker himself deciding to stay put.
However, the situation has changed over the past year and depending on the talks with Lopetegui, Bale may come to a decision over his future.
Still, United may have to pay at least a club-record fee for the Welshman and Los Blancos may seek to drag David de Gea into the negotiations which should pull the plug on a potential deal altogether.