Agent: “Bale’s never wanted to leave Real Madrid”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Agent Jonathan Barnett has slammed the “stupid stories and lies” over Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future and hit out against the media’s treatment of him.

Since arriving for a then-world record deal of €100m from Tottenham in 2013, Bale’s time at Real has been split between some fantastic performances on the pitch and long spells on the sidelines with injuries.

The 29-year-old forward’s future has been a talking point across the past few transfer windows as well with Bale even admitting that he may need to reconsider his options following Real’s Champions League triumph in May.

However, Bale remained put at the Santiago Bernabeu with star man Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane being the ones who left instead.

Despite this though, Bale has fallen short of expectations yet again in what has been another injury-hit campaign for the Welsh star.

Former Real Madrid boss Jorge Valdano recently criticised Bale for not being passionate enough to play for the club and slammed his failure to fill Ronaldo’s boots this season.

But Barnett insists his client remains a key part of Los Blancos and insists an exit from the Spanish capital has never been on the agenda.

“Bale’s always felt an important part of this team,” Barnett told Madridista Real.

“Like I said before, Bale’s never wanted to leave Real Madrid. He’s really happy at the club and the club are happy with Bale.

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“The truth is we’re tired of the stupid stories and lies.”

The Wales international’s relationship with the supporters has also been a talking point as well due to having been whistled on several occasions.

“Gareth’s always been respectful with the fans and at moments some fans have been angry with him, maybe unfairly,” said Barnett.

“But currently the fans have realised that they were wrong, he’s a superstar, a player at the heights of Real Madrid.”

The football agent then remarked on the unfair criticism that has been directed Bale’s way and suggested “jealousy” may be the cause behind it.

“He’s suffered campaigns against him, the treatment he’s received from some sections of the press has been really unpleasant,” said Barnett.

“I think that jealousy could be the motive behind these campaigns in various sections of the media against Bale.”

Bale may feature tonight in Real Madrid’s second leg at Girona in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, where Santiago Solari’s men hope to hold on to their 4-2 aggregate lead.

The match at the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia will begin at 21:30 (CET).