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FINALLY, Real Madrid president speaks on Gareth Bale transfer

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has backing from Real Madrid’s president to stay at the Bernabeu.

Real chief Florentino Perez wants the Wales wizard to stay with the Spanish giants this season.

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Bale has not been played by boss Zinedine Zidane and was on the bench for last week’s Champions League – but there is support from the top of the club for their £86million signing to bounce back.

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The 28-year-old suffered calf problems earlier in the season and has been overlooked in big matches.

It has sparked fears he could leave Real and return to the Premier League, while last week he was asked about joining Bayern Munich.

But he is ready to fight for his place in the Real team as they attempt to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Bale’s new deal at the club, signed 18 months ago, has four years to run and is the equivalent of £600,000-a-week before tax in the Premiership, which would also be an obstacle on him returning.
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The club’s form in the league has put Zidane’s position under scrutiny.

But Real chiefs are reluctant to sack him after two Champions League wins – and a hat-trick on the horizon this season.

He will be unsackable if crowned European champions again and there may be a mutual agreement to part if he fails, as there was with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, rather than a public dismissal.

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