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Sunday 19 January 2020

Bale is staying put at Real

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Super Cup - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Lillekula Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia - August 15, 2018 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema warm up before the match REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Super Cup - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Lillekula Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia - August 15, 2018 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema warm up before the match REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid in January and is also "very unlikely" to depart the club this summer, according to his agent.

Jonathan Barnett has addressed question marks over Bale's future by saying his client - who is contracted to Real until June 2022 - will be staying at the Bernabeu.

Barnett said that Bale is "going nowhere" while the January transfer window is open and is also "very unlikely" to move in the summer of 2020.

Bale was on the brink of leaving for China last summer, while the Wales international has also been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League. Manchester United and Bale's former club Tottenham have both been suggested as possible destinations for the 30-year-old this month.

Bale joined Real from Spurs in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3million and has won four Champions League winner's medals during his stay in Spain. But Bale has endured a difficult relationship with the Real fans and manager Zinedine Zidane, despite scoring over 100 goals for the club.

Barnett said last month that Bale was "not ecstatic" at Real.

But he added that "he has got a contract and as long as he is a Real Madrid player, he will play at 100 per cent".

Bale was due to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last summer on a three-year deal worth a reported £1million a week.

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