Gareth Bale will not leave Real Madrid on loan this summer, his agent has told Sky Sports News.
The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, who has decided he can do without Bale, according to Jonathan Barnett.
Real have already spent over £250m this summer on five arrivals as Zidane begins his rebuild and they are understood to be keen to offload Bale to balance their books.
However, Real’s high-valuation, Bale’s reported £600,000-a-week wages and the fact the winger is settled in Madrid make a departure difficult.
A loan move had been suggested as a short-term solution, but Barnett has ruled that out, saying there’s more chance of me winning at Ascot.
A loan move is not going to happen, he said.
I don’t think he wants to go out on loan. He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.
Obviously, Gareth’s situation at Real hasn’t improved.
Bale has been a long-term target for Manchester United, but the Premier League club are no longer interested in signing the former Tottenham forward.
Asked about Bale moving to United, Barnett added: He could fit in there. I think he could do very well – he is still one of the best players in the world. But it is very unlikely.