Any chance of a potential return to Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale looks to have come to an end after his agent insisted that the Welshman will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer.
There had been speculation in the media that Bale could potentially be used as bait by the European champions to entice Spurs in parting company with Christian Eriksen (Daily Mail).
Bale left Spurs to join the Spanish giants in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85.3million (BBC) and has since gone on to win some of the major honours in the game.
His tenure in Madrid had been called into question recently after some negative headlines where goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had referred to Bale as ‘The Golfer’ in an interview that suggested he wasn’t mixing in well with his team mates (Guardian).
His agent Jonathan Barnett has condemned the Real Madrid fans for booing the 29-year-old during the 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.
He told Sky Sports: “This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come. Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves.
“Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace.
“In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He’s one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet.”
Barnett added: “Despite what the Spanish press are reporting, he’s happy, he speaks reasonable Spanish and there is no problem between him and the rest of the Real players. The people writing these things know nothing about him.
“There has not been one single discussion about Gareth leaving Madrid. He isn’t going anywhere this summer. Despite what’s been reported, he’s content, he wants to stay at Real and they want him.”
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