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Bale’s agent admits a Premier League return could happen

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Agent Jonathan Barnett has admitted Gareth Bale could return to the Premier League for the right price as doubts over his Real Madrid future continue to persist.

Following Zinedine Zidane’s return at the Santiago Bernabeu dugout, Bale’s future has been in strong doubt amid another lacklustre campaign.

The Welsh winger came close to leaving Real last season after Zidane opted to leave him out of his line-up frequently.

The ultimate blow, obviously, came during the Champions League final against Liverpool, where Bale was benched before coming on and scoring a stunning brace to secure a 3-1 victory and a third consecutive title.

But Zidane’s decision to leave last May prompted Bale to remain at Real for another season.

The 29-year-old was expected to step up and become a key man following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m move to Juventus last summer. Instead, though, he’s struggled once more for form and fitness.

Since Zidane’s return in March, Bale has started four times in the Frenchman’s nine matches back in charge.

Now, Barnett has conceded the former Tottenham star could return to the Premier League after six years for the right price.

“It certainly is possible if somebody puts their hand in their pocket and pays us what we think he deserves,” he told Sky Sports.

“You shouldn’t ask [how much]; it’s going to be a lot of money.”

Despite Bale’s unfavourable circumstances at Los Blancos, however, Barnett is adamant his client is not looking to leave the club. He is contracted for another three years.

But Zidane’s refusal to confirm his plans for Bale has not helped matters, with Barnett suggested the Real boss wants him out.

“He wants to stay. I’m not sure that Mr Zidane wants him to stay,” Barnett said.

“But at the moment, Gareth wants to stay. He’s got a contract and he’ll quite happily see it out until 2022.

“He has been, in my opinion, one of the top three or four players in the world, but this game is a game of opinions and Mr Zidane doesn’t think that.

“Good luck to him, it’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it. I won’t criticise him.”

Bale has managed 14 goals and six assists in 42 appearances across all competitions this season.

GETAFE, SPAIN – APRIL 16: Gareth Bale (L) of Real Madrid CF clashes hands with his head coach Zinedine Zidane (R) as he leaves the pithc during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on April 16, 2016 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)