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Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward wants to ‘play all his career’ at club

Bale has scored 101 goals for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale wants to “play all his career” at Real Madrid despite the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager, says his agent Jonathan Barnett.

The Frenchman’s appointment is “bad news” for the Welsh forward because Zidane “does not want to work with Bale”, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The 29-year-old has been booed by home supporters this season.

Barnett said Bale is “very happy at the moment” but “we will see what goes on”.

Asked if Bale will stay at Real, Barnett replied: “Yes, why not? He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again.

“He will talk with Mr Zidane, take it from there and then see at the end of the season.”

In a wide-ranging interview on , Barnett spoke about:

  • How Bale and Zidane disagreed over playing style
  • The “unfair” treatment Bale has received from the press and supporters
  • Dealing with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy
  • The Premier League being the “number one” league in the world

You can listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.

‘People will say, ‘what a wonderful player”

Bale scored twice in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, including a spectacular overhead kick

After scoring twice and beating Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, Bale said he was considering his future having been named as a substitute for the match.

Bale was not a regular under Santiago Solari either, who was sacked on Monday after replacing Julen Lopetegui in November, while sections of the Bernabeu crowd jeered the Wales forward when he was substituted during the 1-0 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona earlier this month.

Barnett said: “We speak a lot. The closest person to him is my son Joshua who is really his agent and he looks after him, he has done a good job.

“Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted to play another. That was the cause of it and over a period of time it got worse.

“If you let Gareth play the way he wants to play, having a run of games in a row not in and out, he can be right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo. He still has a great talent.

“Gareth is very strong. He is a very strong-willed person and does not care what the press say. The jeering is not something that bothers him, he does not understand what he has to do.

“Look at his record, what he has won and how he has played. In years to come, these people who are booing him, their children will be looking at the goals he scored and will be saying, ‘what a wonderful player’.”

Bale treatment ‘unfair’

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois uploaded a picture of a Real Madrid team meal in January, which Bale missed

Bale’s record at Real is superb, winning four Champions League titles, one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and three Uefa Super Cups and Club World Cups.

He has scored 101 goals for the Spanish side but has reportedly