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Gareth Bale ‘not ecstatic’ at Real Madrid, agent tells Euro Leagues Football Show

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Gareth Bale has only scored twice in 10 games in all competitions for Real Madrid this season

Gareth Bale “is not ecstatic” at Real Madrid but there’s “no guarantee” he will leave the Spanish club in January, says his agent Jonathan Barnett.

Wales forward Bale, 30, has won the Champions League four times in six years with Real but nearly joined China’s Jiangsu Suning in the summer.

“He has never asked to leave,” said Barnett on the Euro Leagues Podcast.

“He has a contract with Real Madrid and as long as they want him, there’s not much anyone can do about it.”

Bale moved from Tottenham to Real for a then-world record fee of £85m in September 2013 and has also helped them win three Club World Cups, three Uefa Super Cups, La Liga once, the Copa del Rey once, as well as his Champions League successes.

However, in July he had been set to move to China on a three-year contract where he would have earned a reported £1m a week, before the deal collapsed when Real demanded a transfer fee.

Gareth Bale scored twice in the Champions League final in 2018, once in the 2014 final and scored a penalty in the shootout in the 2016 final

At the time, Real boss Zidane said Bale’s exit would be “best for everyone” and the Welshman has since endured a strained relationship with the Spanish press and fans, who booed him during last month’s match against Real Sociedad.

Asked whether Bale was happy, Barnett said: “He’s not ecstatic.

“He has got a contract and as long as he is a Real Madrid player he will play at 100% – and do very well. He wants to win the championship and the European championship and everything else. It will not affect his performance.

“The facts and figures prove if he is on the field for Real Madrid they have a better chance of winning.

“No-one has ever accused him of not giving 100% and a 100% Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world. The coach should be happy and honoured he is on the pitch for him.

“There’s no guarantee he is leaving. If the right opportunity came along for him and it’s something he wants to do we have to have a chat with the president of Real Madrid and see where we are.”

Wales, golf, Madrid flag a response to ‘infantile’ press

The Wales players, including Gareth Bale (centre) celebrating after they secured qualification for Euro 2020

Bale was pictured celebrating last month with a flag that said ‘Wales, golf, Madrid – in that order’ following Wales’ qualification for Euro 2020.

The quote is a reference to how Bale’s commitment to the club was described in an interview by former Real player Pedrag Mijatovic,