Real Madrid are reported to have made their mind up to offload Gareth Bale once the season comes to a close. The Wales international has endured multiple injury concerns during his four-and-a-half seasons with the European champions and it now appears that manager Zinedine Zidane has decided to part ways with the attacker in the summer.
According to Spanish publication Marca, the Champions League holders are willing to end their association with Bale during the off-season as they do not believe that he is capable of succeeding Cristiano Ronaldo in the long-run.
Since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, Bale has failed to make 30 appearances in a single league campaign and much of this has come about from him suffering 25 different injuries during his stay.
As a result, the Capital outfit are open to his proposed departure during the summer with the focus more on developing Marco Asensio, who has been highlighted as the player with the potential to become world class.
A couple of weeks ago, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett suggested that Bale could command a joint-world-record fee similar to Neymar (£200m) if he is to end his association with the Madrid giants.
However, the club’s hierarchy are not said to have such kind of expectations from the Welshman and they are prepared to sanction for a fee of around £80m, which still remains a huge outlay for most clubs across Europe.
Bale has looked in a good vein of form since the winter break with five goals across all competitions but he was still ignored for the starting lineup against Paris Saint-Germain for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
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