REAL MADRID will reportedly pay off Gareth Bale for the final two years of his contract to allow him to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has failed to feature in any of the last five games, with the player once again an unused substitute in Monday’s 2-1 win against Granada.
Gareth Bale has endured a frustrating season at Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane continuously overlooking him [/caption]
And the Welsh international once again trolled boss Zinedine Zidane from the sidelines as he was spotted entertaining himself by using a roll of tape as pretend binoculars.
It was reported last month that the ex-Tottenham ace’s relationship with Zidane is at “breaking point” and “worse than ever”.
But despite the player repeatedly being overlooked by Zizou, his agent Jonathan Barnett has insisted he is happy in Madrid and intends to see out his contract at the Bernabeu.
According to ABC, Real want to get the winger off their wage bill with the club livid that he appears unbothered about fighting for his position.
They state that the final straw was the image of Bale catching some shut-eye during the 2-0 win against Alaves last week.
ABC now report that the club plan to sit down with Bale and Barnett at the end of the season to discuss talks about him ending his contract two years early.
It has been alleged that Zidane doesn’t want Bale to be part of his squad next season and is keen for him to leave.
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Bale has featured in just 16 top-flight games this season – his fewest tally since joining the club from Spurs in 2013.
Since his arrival, he has scored a total of 105 goals in 251 games – winning the LaLiga title once, the Champions League four times as well as firing in the winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona in his opening campaign in Spain.
A move to China could still be an option for Bale after Real blocked his potential move to Jiangsu Suning last year.