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"Bale is still as good as anyone else in the team" - Barnett

The agent of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett, has reiterated his message that the Welshman will not be going anywhere in the near future.

"Bale is still as good as anyone else in the team" - Barnett
JAVIER GANDUL DIARIO AS

Whereas in some seasons at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale has ended it with headlines of overhead kicks and adoration, this season has seen him omitted from the team (although he will still collect a medal this year too) and pictures of him in the stands looking through paper binoculars or using a face mask as an aid to sleep. That said, and the constant rumours that surround the players future being elsewhere, his agent Jonathan Barnett has said that he will not be going anywhere.

Bale training hard and staying in Madrid

"Gareth is fine,” Barnett told BBC Sport, “he has two years left on his contract, he likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.

"He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It's up to Zinedine Zidane.”

This is a constant message that we’ve heard from the Welshman’s representative, someone who knows that leaving the recently crowned LaLiga champions would almost certainly see a drop in income.

"Of course there's been interest but there's hardly a club in the world which can afford him,” he stated during the interview.

Eyeing opportunities | Real Madrid's Gareth Bale watches on in the Estadio Nuevo los Cármenes, Granada.

In the past there has been some friction reported between Los Blancos’ manager Zinedine Zidane and Bale (not to mention with Barnett himself) but this was refuted.

"Gareth is not looking to outlast Zinedine Zidane. Mr Zidane has been very successful. There's no hatred, Mr Zidane just does not want to play him.

“Gareth trains every day and he trains well."

With the trip to Manchester to play Pep Guardiola’s City side in the Champions League potentially the last fixture in this extended season, no doubt there will be much more conversations about where the 31-year old will be plying his trade in the coming months.