Gareth Bale did not come close to leaving Real Madrid this summer, his agent has insisted.
The Welshman, who became the world’s most expensive player when he moved to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for £85m in 2013, was linked with Manchester United throughout the summer.
But his representative Jonathan Barnett, claiming to be speaking on Bale’s behalf, has stressed that the 26-year-old is happy in Spain as long as “the greatest club in the world” want him there.
Barnett is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “Why should he leave? Real are the greatest club in the world. I am talking for him, not for me, I am his agent and do what he tells me. He loves Real Madrid.
“He has a contract and is enjoying life. If you asked him today if he would move he would say ‘no’, but life changes. I would say he is happy there and as long as they are happy with him he will be happy there.
“He is 26, he has the best years of his life to come. He will be the best player in the world and I think every club in the world would want him.”
Bale has been inspiring Wales towards Euro 2016 qualification during the international break, scoring a later winner in the 1-0 victory over Cyprus.
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