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.

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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.

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