Bale 'not ecstatic' to be at Madrid but has never asked to leave - agent
The agent of Gareth Bale says the former Tottenham star is "not ecstatic" to be at Real Madrid but has never asked to leave the La Liga club.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was booed by the club's fans during the weekend's La Liga game.
Gareth Bale's agent says the Wales forward has never asked to leave Real Madrid even though he is "not ecstatic" at the club. Bale's relationship with Madrid's fans, coaching staff and the Spanish media has become strained this year.
Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said in July it would be "best for everyone" if Bale left the club ahead of a proposed switch to China's Jiangsu Suning. However, the deal collapsed and the 30-year-old has remained with the La Liga side. Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett said the player has never requested a move away from Madrid.
"He has never asked to leave," Barnett told the BBC's Euro Leagues Podcast. "He has a contract with Real Madrid and as long as they want him, there's not much anyone can do about it."
"No-one has ever accused him of not giving 100 per cent and a 100 per cent Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world. The coach should be happy and honoured he is on the pitch for him. There's no guarantee he is leaving. If the right opportunity came along for him and it's something he wants to do, we have to have a chat with the president of Real Madrid and see where we are."
Barnett acknowledged Bale, who has won the Champions League four times and La Liga with Madrid, was not thrilled to still at the club. "He's not ecstatic," Barnett added, when asked whether Bale was happy at the Bernabeu.
"He has got a contract and as long as he is a Real Madrid player he will play at 100 per cent – and do very well. He wants to win the championship and the European championship and everything else. It will not affect his performance. The facts and figures prove if he is on the field for Real Madrid they have a better chance of winning."
Bale held a flag up, after Wales beat Hungary in a Euro 2020 qualifier, which claimed he put his country and time on the golf course ahead of Madrid. "It was directed only to the media because they had been writing very infantile and stupid stories from people that do not know him," Barnett said of the 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' banner.
"The truth is he has done fantastically for Real Madrid in the years he has been there and helped them win so much."