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Bale’s Agent Rules Out Any Loan Move

Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan this summer, his agent insists. Jonathan Barnett’s claims have dealt a massive blow to a potential move to China for the Welsh superstar.

‘There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,’ he told Sky Sports News.

‘Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.

‘Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player,’ said Barnett.

‘If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. Or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends.’

Following a public fallout with Zinedine Zidane the Real Madrid boss appeared to confirm Bale’s imminent exit at the weekend, saying that talks were progressing with other clubs.

Bale was excluded from the pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday, though Zidane claims he will play a part against Arsenal on Tuesday night.