Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid in January and is unlikely to go in the summer, says his agent Jonathan Barnett.
The 30-year-old has long been considered to be on the verge of leaving Real Madrid but is still with the Spanish giants despite numerous transfer links - and his agent says he is "going nowhere" in January.
The Wales international saw a move to China fall through in the summer as his relationship with both Zinedine Zidane and the Real fans went sour - with Zidane publicly saying he would be happy to see him leave.
Bale has continually been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United the most likely destination but Jose Mourinho's Tottenham also being in the running.
The hefty asking price Real Madrid would still demand is a problem, but not the major one as Bale's eye-watering wages create a real sticking point for potential transfers.
His departure seemed assured after his "Wales. Golf. Madrid" saga when on international duty saw him come in for huge criticism from his own club's fans and the Spanish press.
Bale has started just three times since that November incident, and he's currently missing the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia with a chest infection, leading many to believe he is set to leave the Spanish capital.
However, his agent told ESPN that Bale is "going nowhere" in the current transfer window, and is also "very unlikely" to leave Real Madrid in the summer.
Gareth Bale to sign for before 3rd February 2020 (odds via Sky Bet)
- Tottenham - 5/2
- Any Chinese Super League side - 11/4
- Man Utd - 12/1
- PSG - 22/1
Analysis - Paul Higham
This Gareth Bale saga just seems to run and run and no matter what his agent says he'll continue to be linked with a return to the Premier League and also the major players around Europe.
From what his agent is saying, though, it sounds like it could be a case of Bale digging his heels in and being willing to see out the remainder of his contract, which runs until 2022.
Those wages though are a huge sticking point for any team wanting to take a chance on him - and it would be a chance given his injury record despite the undoubted talent that he brings with him.
It'd be great to see him return to the Premier League and he'd obviously be a massive plus for either Spurs or Man Utd, but you can't see Daniel Levy splashing out on those pay packets, so unless he can wangle some deal with the Spaniards then Bale won't be joining up with Mourinho in north London.
Manchester seems his only possible destination in England - either City or United could afford him - but Pep Guardiola hasn't made a peep about him and there's no obvious need for Bale at the Etihad, so it's all about United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to add Bale's experience and talent to his young squad, and maybe, just maybe, the powerbrokers at Old Trafford could be convinced to splash out on him while sending Paul Pogba in the opposite direction.
Pogba wants out of Old Trafford, and Real would take him but not at the asking price, so maybe some kind of swap deal would suit all parties - it would definitely put everyone where they want to be so it's purely down to the financials. That's in a perfect world though, and the world of football transfers is far from perfect.