Bale played 42 games across competitions in the 2018/19 season, with his game time, particularly in the biggest games, restricted by both fitness and a seeming lack of trust in his ability from the coach.
His presence on the bench in the final three games of the La Liga season seemed to confirm manager Zinedine Zidanes opinion of Bale, while the Frenchmans comments about the Welsh internationals future following the final game of the season appeared to signal his desire for Bale to depart.
However, the wingers whopping salary, advancing years and poor fitness record has made finding a suitor tough for Los Blancos.
Despite recent reports of Bayern Munichs interest in bringing the 29-year-old in on loan, Barnett has moved to quash any such move this summer.
Sky’s David Craig has interviewed Jonathan Barnett today. Gareth Bale’s agent says Zinedine Zidane has decided he can do without Bale at Real Madrid. Says Bale will not leave on loan & unlikely he’d move to Manchester United
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 18, 2019
Speaking to Sky Sports, the agent emphatically declared: "Theres more chance of me winning at Ascot than him going out on loan. Its not going to happen."
Barnett didnt attempt to gloss over the obvious breakdown in relations between his client and the Madrid boss but reiterated his clients willingness to stay in the Spanish capital regardless.
"I dont think he wants to go out on loan," he continued. "Hes got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.
Gareth Bale will not leave Real Madrid on loan this summer, the Welshman’s agent has told Sky Sports News.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 18, 2019
"Obviously, Gareths situation at Real hasnt improved. I think Mr. Zidane has decided he can do without him, so we have to wait and see."
And, seemingly in response to Barnetts stance, as reported by ABC, and relayed by SPORT, Madrid have now lowered their asking price for the player from €100m to €85m, in an attempt to push Bale out of the capital. However, even that asking price seems unrealistically high at this stage.
Indeed, in line with those above comments, Barnett has told the club that, even if such a fee is offered, Bale will not leave the club if he is not guaranteed the same €51m that he is set to earn at Real in the remaining three years of his contract.