Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale plans to “wait and see” how things go with Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu before deciding on his long term future, his agent Jonathan Barnett told reporters on Tuesday.
The relationship between Bale and Zidane deteriorated during towards the end of last season, with the Frenchman leaving the club in the summer.
In the postmatch interview, he said he would “seriously consider” his future due to a lack of playing time. But he was persuaded to stay when Julen Lopetegui came in as replacement for Zidane, with Cristiano Ronaldo also leaving in the summer, to join Juventus.
Lopetegui was sacked in October and replaced by Santiago Solari but, despite the season getting progressively worse, Barnett said that Bale’s relationship with both the Argentine and president Florentino Perez remained strong.
However, Zidane’s return has changed matters and Barnett said Bale’s future would depend on where Zidane and Perez decide to go from here.
At his unveiling on Monday, Zidane spoke of “changes” this summer, while Perez hinted at possibly pursuing a deal for Paris Saint Germain pair Kylian Mbappe and Neymar this summer.
Bale has scored 101 goals in 223 games since joining Madrid in summer 2013, winning 14 trophies including four Champions League titles.
The challenge for Bale and his agent, is who will be willing to pay €100m plus €12m a year in wages for 30-year-old forwards who are injury-prone? That market is pretty small.