Gareth Bale looks set to remain at Real Madrid after a deal with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning that would have seen him earn £1m per week fell through.

The Wales international, who joined the La Liga giants from Tottenham in a then-world record transfer of £85m, had been expected to sign a three-year deal in the Far East after current manager Zinedine Zidane made it clear he was not part of his plans.

Last week, the Frenchman said Bale was “very close to leaving” after six years in the Spanish capital, during which he won four Champions League titles.

Gareth Bale goal
Bale has scored in two Champions League finals for Madrid

Despite his impressive achievements, which included memorable goals in European finals against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, Zidane has been keen to move him on – partly because of his rotten injury record.

READ  Muslim teenager 'has hijab pulled off and is pelted with eggs' in Dublin | UK News, Reports

Bale has made just 79 league starts for Madrid in the last four seasons, and has reportedly struggled to learn Spanish and fit in with his teammates since he joined.

READ  Dead green turtle found with 183 pieces of plastic in its gut in Cyprus | Ocean Rescue News, Reports

The 30-year-old was booed by his own supporters at times during last season, and was left out of the Madrid squad for their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich.

Bale has regularly been linked with a return to England since making the Bernabeu his home, with Manchester United among the clubs thought to have been interested.

City Spurs Goals
The Welshman left Tottenham in 2013

However, he looked all but certain to be moving to China this summer amid reports that he wanted to make a similar impact in the country as David Beckham did when he went to the US.

READ  Protesters gather in Hong Kong for anti-government rally | World News, Reports

Like Bale’s proposed move to China, the former England captain raised eyebrows when he left Madrid for LA Galaxy in the summer of 2017, but he made a huge impact in America and has since set up his own club in Miama, Florida.

Inter Miami are due to start playing in the MLS in 2020.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here