Mistreated Bale refuses to leave Real Madrid until his contract expires

The Welshman feels hard done by at Madrid, especially by Zidane, and has no intention to leave before 2022

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One of the footballers Real Madrid are desperate to get rid of is Gareth Bale.

Zinedine Zidane has told the Madrid board that he doesn't see a future for the Welshman at the club. The problem, however, is the player has no intention of leaving Spain any time soon. Bale's plan is to see out his contract, which finishes in 2022.

Bale was on the verge of actually leaving Madrid last summer after agreeing terms on a move to China. At the last second, Madrid asked for a transfer fee and the move collapsed. 

That is when the relationship between Bale and Zidane was hanging by a thread. The coach famously said: "If he goes today, it's better than tomorrow." He later claimed it was misinterpreted but the damage was already done.

Bale's salary a big problem

The Wales international is earning 14.5m per season. Very few clubs in Europe would be able to take on that type of salary commitment. Recent interest from Tottenham, his former club, and Manchester United has quietened as neither are willing to match his wage demands.

This leaves Madrid in a tough position. Every day that passes, the less likely it seems a club will take Bale off their hands. With the player happy to sit out his deal, it promises to be yet another long transfer saga in the summer.

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