Bale's agent hits out at Spanish media over 'trash' exit rumours

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The future of Gareth Bale is often the topic of debate, but his agent insists the forward has no intention of leaving Real Madrid.

Speculation regarding Bale and an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu is never far from the back pages in Spain, despite the forward having won three UEFA Champions Leagues, a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey during four years at Madrid.

Bale has often been the subject of whistles from a demanding Bernabeu crowd when Madrid have failed to hit their top standard, and there was talk that Manchester United were ready to bring the 28-year-old back to the Premier League in the last transfer window.

However, Bale, who is set to play for the first time since September in Wednesday's (AEDT) Copa del Rey fixture against Fuenlabrada due to a combination of calf and groin injuries, is settled in the Spanish capital and does not want to contemplate a transfer, according to his representative Jonathan Barnett.

"He wants to play the rest of his life at Real Madrid," he told Fichajes. "He loves Madrid, the city, life and he loves the club. 

"Of course, it hurts him when the people don't support him and they do with other players who aren't so good. 

"It's crazy, this happens only in Spain and I don't understand it, fans should understand this and know how good he is." 

Barnett also took aim at the media in Spain, who he accused of making up stories about Bale.

"I think that those who write these stories should go back to school and learn what journalism should be like, it's not inventing stories, I do not want to get angry because I read invented stories," he added.

"Some journalists in Spain write trash, they aren't based on football reasons and this is a mistake, they don't take the time to analyse what he has done. The fans should adore him."

Bale has played only nine matches with Madrid this season, scoring three goals, and missed out on Wales' final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

And Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he is looking forward to seeing Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema playing together again, although that is not likely to happen on Wednesday.

"We will take a look at some of the players from the youth team," Zidane said. "It's important to do that."

Source Omnisport, AAP