Gareth Bale’s £1m-a-week move to China ‘is off as Real Madrid cancel the deal with forward to remain in Spain’
- Gareth Bale had seemed to be on his way to join Jiangsu Suning in China
- His representatives had been in Nanjing overnight trying to pull deal together
- There were always issues with it and it had been 50-50 whether it came off
- Real Madrid have now decided to cancel the move and he will remain in Spain
Gareth Bale’s proposed move to China is off with Real Madrid cancelling his switch to the Far East.
The forward seemed to be on his way to Chinese Super League side to Jiangsu Suning before the decision by the Spanish giants on Sunday afternoon, according to the BBC.
His representatives had been in Nanjing overnight trying to pull the deal together and negotiate a £1million-a-week contract.
Gareth Bale’s move to China is off with Real Madrid cancelling his switch to the Far East
His representatives had been in Nanjing overnight trying to pull the deal together
Sportsmail understands there were always issues and the deal was regarded as being ’50-50′ to come off.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane had placed his own club in a difficult negotiating position by publicly making it clear Bale has no future under him at the Bernabeu.
There had even been suggestions that Real would have to take an £86m loss on Bale to push through his transfer.
Zidane’s declaration meant Bale’s Chinese suitors unwilling to pay a transfer fee on top of world-record wages for the Welshman.
There had even been suggestions that Real would have to take an £86m loss on Bale
Zinedine Zidane put Real in a tough position by making it clear he did not want Bale
However, some Madrid insiders have always been reluctant to let Bale leave on a free given that Zidane would want to use the savings in wages to launch a £150million bid for Paul Pogba from Manchester United – having already paid seven figures for Eden Hazard.
They also lost another Marco Asensio to long-term injury last week. And Real struggled when they lost 7-3 against Atletico Madrid on Friday night, looking completely toothless in attack until he came on in the 62nd minute.
Their president Florentino Perez was left wondering if practically gifting Bale to the Chinese was the correct thing to do in the circumstances.
The decision could also revive interest from Manchester United and Tottenham if Real decide against retaining him.
Bale pictured while sat on the bench during Real’s pre-season clash against Arsenal
The Wales winger was pictured laughing as Real fell to a 7-3 defeat against Atletico Madrid