Despite the pressure from Manchester United for Welsh forward Gareth Bale, Real Madrid are adamant that their 100million Euros player is not for sale.
United have been making advances to lure the former Tottenham player back to EPL, but former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists Gareth Bale will only leave the club if he hands in a transfer request because the Spanish giants do NOT want to sell the star.
The Welshman has struggled to replicate last season’s heroics, which saw him score a vital goal in the final of the Champions League as the Spanish side lifted the trophy.
This season’s campaign has been in stark contrast, with fans criticising the Bale’s performance on a regular basis, while the winger was widely castigated for his performance in Real’s exit from Europe’s premier competition against Juventus on Wednesday night.
Manchester United are understood to be firm favourites to take the flyer back to the Premier League, with goalkeeper David De Gea possibly going the other way.
But Calderon claims the 25-year-old will remain at the Bernabeu.
“I think Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“As I always say, it’s the player who decides whether he leaves or not.
“I don’t see Real Madrid selling him now, having paid more than €100m for him. He’ll only leave if he says, ‘I’m not happy here, I want to leave’.
“That’s the only situation in which I can see him leaving the club. He wasn’t the worst player against Juventus, he was unlucky not to score.
“I don’t think he’s been a failure. He came with a higher transfer fee than Cristiano Ronaldo, so people are always going to compare Bale with him.
“They want to see him be better than Ronaldo, to score more goals. It’s impossible though.
“It’s unfair to say he’s failed. Real Madrid are very demanding, they want to win all of the titles every year, but it’s impossible.”