Gareth Bale’s agent has rubbished claims he has been offered to sides in MLS, after the Real Madrid star declared his interest in a potential move to the United States.
Wales star Bale, 30, has a contract in the Spanish capital until 2022.
But he has endured a difficult campaign this term, scoring just three times in 18 appearances.
The Welshman is down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane, having been close to departing last summer for China – only to see president Florentino Perez change his mind at the last minute.
Bale has claimed on numerous occasions since that he remains keen to see out the remainder of his £600,000-a-week deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But earlier this month he opened up on his interest in heading to America.
“It is a league that is on the rise, continues to grow, and I think many more players want to go to America to play,” he told The Hat-Trick podcast.
“I would definitely be interested.”
Such public proclamations from Bale have been a rarity during his career in Madrid.
And it was seen in some quarters as a testing of the waters by Bale, with Madrid keen to get him off their books amid the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic – still ongoing – and tight budget regulations in La Liga which could prove problematic next season.
But it was promptly claimed by The Athletic that Bale found no interest when offered to an MLS side from the Eastern Conference.
However his agent, Jonathan Barnett has swiftly rebuked that particular claim, telling ESPN that it was “rubbish” that Bale had been offered anywhere.
As such, Bale’s complicated time in Madrid is set to continue.
The Welshman and his family enjoy life in the Spanish capital and recently donated €500,000 to health services battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the four-time Champions League winner has seen his career stall and been widely criticised both by Madrid fans and the Madrid press in the past 18 months.
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