Gareth Bale will either wait to see if Zinedine Zidane gets sacked or push again for a move to China, according to reports.
Real Madrid pulled the plug on the Welshman’s switch to Asia earlier in the summer but are highly unlikely to tempt a better bid out of a European rival.
Whereas coach Zidane is under pressure having failed to generate any momentum upon his return to the club in the spring.
The Daily Mail claims that will lead to Bale waiting out the next few months and seeing how his situation changes.
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It appears he won’t be given a clean slate to impress his iconic manager – nor will he be totally exiled.
Bale came off the bench in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Roma as Madrid rounded off a low-key pre-season in underwhelming fashion.
That has led to the Spanish press pouring the pressure on Zidane to hit the ground running when the season begins for real at Celta Vigo at the weekend.
Two things stand in the Frenchman’s favour, however; firstly that the poor form is not being attributed to Bale’s absence and secondly that a good start to La Liga will immediately banish any existing doubts.
Should Madrid have made no progress by the winter, having spent $532m on Galactico-style transfers, even a man of his stature will be in trouble.
And either a desperate Zidane or a new coach could hand Bale a fresh start.
But the 47-year-old has insisted for months that Bale should leave, going public on his desire in July and earning a rebuttal from Jonathan Barnett, the player’s agent who branded Zidane a “disgrace”.
Bale has been offered to pretty much every big club this summer.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly considered potential buyers before the English window shut, as were Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Neither of the continental giants are said to consider a deal viable with the 30-year-old earning $1,064,000-a-week.
But the Chinese Super League remains an option with potential, given how close Bale came to signing for Jiangsu Suning before Madrid decided they were against a free transfer.
Their window has now shut but re-opens at the end of the year, at which point the winger may push again to leave.
It is hoped Real will have realised that forcing Zidane and Bale together is futile, the coach having vowed never to play him after he went for a round of golf while missing a friendly due to “illness”.
Furthermore, the boss’ hopes of one last mega signing coming through the door, be that Neymar or Paul Pogba, reportedly rest on Bale leaving first.
This article was originally published by The Sun and was reproduced with permission.