Gareth Bale has confirmed to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs of his plans to stay at Real Madrid next season, according to the Mirror. The 31-year-old featured just 20 times for Los Blancos this campaign in all competitions and has been linked with a move away.
However, the Mirror states that Bale has informed his international teammates and staff that he intends to stay in the Spanish capital for the upcoming season. The Welsh international still has two years remaining on his current contract with the Liga champions and is earning over £600,000 per week.
This isn’t great news for Real Madrid. Bale has fallen out of favor under manager Zinedine Zidane and last summer it seemed like his time at the Santiago Bernabeu was over. The former Spurs forward ended up staying after a proposed free transfer to the Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning fell through. Bale has had a brilliant career but it seems like he needs to move on from Real Madrid if he wants to keep playing at the top level. Maybe a loan move would be the best option due to his huge contract, but it won’t happen if Bale is happy to sit on the bench for Los Blancos.