Gareth Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid but he does not have the full backing of Zinedine Zidane, says the Wales international’s agent, Jonathan Barnett .
Bale’s contract extends until 2022 but he was left out of the matchday squad for Sunday’s 3-2 win over Villarreal.
After the game, Zidane told Real’s website: “You can interpret it as you wish. I need to pick a squad of players and some are going to miss out.”
On Wednesday, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports News: “He wants to stay.
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“I am not sure that Mr Zidane wants him to stay but at the moment Gareth wants to stay.
“He has got a contract, he will quite happily see it out until 2022. He has been and is, in my opinion, one of the top three or four players in the world.
“This game is a game of opinions and Mr Zidane doesn’t think that.
“That is his opinion, he is entitled to it, I won’t criticise him.”
Asked if Bale might return to the Premier League at some point, a smiling Barnett said: “It certainly is possible, if somebody puts their hand in their pocket and pays us what we think he deserves.
“It is going to be a lot of money!”