Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid for rest of career says agent
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says that his client is planning to stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his career despite the return of Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane's reappointment as the successor to the sacked Santiago Solari has been widely reported to be bad news for Wales star Bale but Barnett who previously branded the club's supporters "nothing short of a disgrace" over their treatment of his client denied rumours that the forward is planning to leave.
"He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again," Barnett said to BBC Sport. "He will talk with Mr Zidane, take it from there and then see at the end of the season."
Bale was signed by Madrid president Florentino Perez, with Zidane's apparent distrust of the forward regularly cited among the reasons for the Frenchman's shock resignation last year after leading Los Blancos to a third consecutive Champions League title.
"Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted to play another. That was the cause of it and over a period of time it got worse," Barnett added of the relationship between player and coach.
"If you let Gareth play the way he wants to play, having a run of games in a row, not in and out, he can be right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo. He still has great talent.
The 29-year-old has been booed by Madrid fans during another injury-hit campaign, Bale scoring just seven LaLiga goals in 21 appearances.