REAL MADRID decided Gareth Bale was too valuable to lose on a free transfer – leaving Zinedine Zidane infuriated.
Club president Florentino Perez called-off the Wales star’s proposed £1million-a-week move to China this weekend, claiming he couldn’t afford to lose him for nothing.
Perez has been a long-time defender of Bale, 30, but the winger and boss Zidane have never seen eye-to-eye – leaving both parties fuming.
When the French boss returned to the club earlier this year, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett slammed the move.
Earlier this month, Barnett then called Zidane a “disgrace” for claiming he wanted to force Bale out in a matter of days.
Ever since, Bale has been on the cusp of a mega-money move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.
But this weekend, Real Madrid incredibly pulled the plug at the last-second – and it can now be revealed it was because Perez refused to let him walk for free.
With clubs in Europe baulking at Bale’s £600,000-a-week wages, the former Tottenham man now faces rotting on the Bernabeu bench.
And while Perez is a fan of Bale, both boss Zidane and the squad fail to get on with the Welshman.
His Los Blancos team-mates call him “The Golfer” and Thibaut Courtois once slammed Bale for missing a team dinner to go to bed early.
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But even Courtois claimed it’s hard to watch the talented forward fail to shine, revealing: “It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word.
“I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining.”
Meanwhile, left-back Marcelo criticised Bale’s failure to try to fit in at Real, saying: “Bale does not speak [Spanish] as he only speaks English and we talk with gestures.”