Real Madrid would reluctantly sell Gareth Bale for a price ‘close to’ the £89m he cost to buy from Tottenham, according to Spanish reports.
El Confidencial claim that Bale is in a ‘fight not to exhaust the diplomacy of Zidane and the patience of Florentino’ after a series of injuries.
The Welshman is once again sidelined by injury – missing his national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup play-offs – and Spanish reports have focused on the 66 games he has missed in five seasons at the Bernabeu.
According to El Confidencial, manager Zinedine Zidane ‘knows that he is a player with whom he can not count for a third of the season, at best’.
The same report cites golf as a major contributor to Bale’s injury problems, saying the sport – which apparently obsesses the Welshman – contributes to his back problems.
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Manchester United are mentioned as a possible destination for Bale. It was ever thus.