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Spurs watching as agent admits: Bale not ecstatic about Real Madrid

The agent of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists he's never considered leaving the club.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, who worked with Bale at Real, has opened the door to bringing the Welshman back to London.

Bale has a strained relationship with Madrid boss Zinedine ZIdane, who made clear his intention to sell Bale last summer before performing a remarkable U-turn.

But the player's agent Jonathan Barnett has insisted that Bale is no rush to move on to pastures new when the transfer window reopens next month.

"He has never asked to leave," said Barnett on the BBC's Euro Leagues Podcast.

"He has a contract with Real Madrid and as long as they want him, there's not much anyone can do about it."

Bale's current contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season and Barnett insists that Bale plans to see that deal out - despite his current woes in Spain.

When asked whether Bale is happy at Madrid, he said: "He's not ecstatic.

"He has got a contract and as long as he is a Real Madrid player he will play at 100% - and do very well. He wants to win the championship and the European championship and everything else. It will not affect his performance.

"The facts and figures prove if he is on the field for Real Madrid they have a better chance of winning.

"No-one has ever accused him of not giving 100% and a 100% Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world. The coach should be happy and honoured he is on the pitch for him.

"There's no guarantee he is leaving. If the right opportunity came along for him and it's something he wants to do we have to have a chat with the president of Real Madrid and see where we are."

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