Gareth Bale is not going anywhere this summer, as the Welshman is reluctant to leave Real Madrid and is keen to run down his contract with Los Blancos. Real Madrid’s hopes to sell the former Spurs player have been vanishing over the last few weeks and now they are reaching their lowest levels.
With Madrid already completing five signings this summer, it’s time for the team to start disbursing players in order to recover some of the money they invested in players like Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, but Bale doesn’t appear to be one of the players willing to depart from Madrid in order to help the club, not even if that means he won’t have plenty of action with the first team.
Right now Madrid count with 37 players on the first-team squad, with the club eager to undergo a significant clearout at the start of pre-season, which starts on July 8. Almost a third of those 37 players have been declared up for sale by people in charge at Madrid’s HQ.
With Mateo Kovacic set to join Chelsea on a permanent move and Marcos Llorente already shipped to Atletico Madrid, there are still players who must leave this summer if Madrid wants to ease their financials. However, Bale doesn’t seem interested in parting with the club, even though Zinedine Zidane has absolutely no plans to use him in the starting XI.
Yet, the forward is set to travel to Montreal with the rest of the Los Blancos squad, according to Goal, meaning that the club's biggest sale of the summer is completely stalled at this point. The player has made clear he wants to stay in the club despite all the hints that the club has sent about their unwillingness to keep Gareth as part of the squad.
To make things worse, Madrid hasn’t received any official offer for Bale and the latest reports on this matter suggested that all the teams interested in him only wanted to get him on loan, nothing else. Unless there is a quick ending to this drama, Zidane and Bale will have to meet face to face in a couple of days, embarking on a trip full of awkward silences between player and the manager.