Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale was close to sealing a move to the Chinese Super League last summer but the deal didn’t materialize due to reasons that have finally been revealed by his agent Jonathan Barnett.
Speaking to AS, Barnett admitted that his client got an offer that proved irresistible from Jiangsu Suning but the two clubs couldn’t agree on a fee for the player with Real Madrid blocking the move.
“He got an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid wouldn't sell him. (Jiangsu Suning) couldn't pay what Madrid wanted.
“He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring Chinese football up. He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He's won everything that he can win, and he's done it many times.
“It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China. But it wasn't to be...And the money was special too. It would have made him the highest-paid player on Earth," Barnett said.
The potential move to China came about after months of intense speculation about Bale's future. The winger has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team under Zinedine Zidane.
⬇️ Predict 6 EPL football scores with Futaa6 and you could win the $10,000 Jackpot, best of all it’s completely free to play every week in the Futaa Android App Download it now to play!