Real Madrid have admitted they have made a colossal mistake by preventing Gareth Bale from joining Jiangsu Suning last summer.
Bale was on the verge of completing his blockbuster £1 million-a-week deal with the Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning ahead of the 2019/20 season before Real Madrid pulled the plug on the transfer.
Often troubled by injuries and frequently criticized for the lack of commitment, the 31-year-old has fallen out of favor with Zinedine Zidane and the fans.
After producing an underwhelming 2018/19 campaign, the Wales international was widely expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu last summer.
Bale himself was keen to secure a lucrative three-year contract in China, but Real blocked the move at the 11th hour, leaving their outcast in despair.
The former Tottenham forward has hit a new low after Zidane and injuries restricted the Welsh superstar to just 12 La Liga starts in 2019/20.
According to The Telegraph, the Real Madrid hierarchy has regretted a decision to obstruct Bale’s departure in the summer of 2019.
Former Southampton youth academy graduate asked Zidane to be left out of the 24-man squad to travel to the Etihad for the Champions League last-16 decider versus Manchester City.
News of the left-footed winger’s appeal to skip the most significant fixture on Real Madrid’s season schedule has thrown his future into further doubt.
However, unless Jiangsu reignite their interest in once the most expensive player on the planet, Los Blancos will find the prospect of selling their wantaway star pretty daunting.
There are very few clubs on the planet capable of meeting Bale’s wage claims, and not many are interested in forking out a small fortune a player who played sporadically over the past 12 months.