Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale
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Real Madrid to let Bale leave on a free in order to get him off the books

Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to allow Gareth Bale to leave the club on a free transfer this summer but are aware an exit for the winger could prove complicated.

Bale’s future as a Real Madrid player has been uncertain for some time with the Welshman coming close to leaving the club for Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning last summer, only to see a deal blocked late on by the Real board.

However, the Spanish giants are prepared to sanction his departure at the end of the season, the 30-year-old struggling to make an impression this season and failing to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus in 2018.

Bale has made just 18 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side so far this season, scoring three goals, and has featured on just a handful of occasions since the turn of the year, with youngster Vinicius Junior ahead of the Wales international in the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

Real also have Eden Hazard and the injured Marco Asensio amongst their options in wide areas, the 13-time European champions once again willing to allow Bale to leave – with Marca reporting the club are ‘no longer ruling out’ the possibility of allowing Bale to leave on a free transfer.

Bale’s current contract, which runs until summer 2022, is worth a reported €17m-per-year and makes a move difficult, as does the player’s reported happiness with life in the Spanish capital.

The Chinese Super League’s new imposed salary limit makes a move to the Far East now look unlikely, whilst it remains to be seen whether any Premier League sides would be open to a deal for the former Tottenham star.

Bale’s injury record, advancing years and salary demands make a move for the star potentially high risk, though Madrid remain desperate to offload the player who no longer features in their plans this summer.

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