Tottenham star Gareth Bale faces being in exile next summer with his Real Madrid career all-but over.
The Welshman has failed to impress since joining Spurs in the summer – arriving with a hefty wage split between the two clubs in question.
Injuries have again plagued his time in north London, with Bale only netting three goals in 11 matches.
And with Tottenham 'not satisfied' with his performances, the 31-year-old faces being stuck in limbo at the end of the season.
Spanish publication Defensa Central claim Madrid are worried Spurs won't attempt to sign Bale permanently – and are themselves unwilling to take the player back at the Bernabeu.
Madrid will look to find him a new club, with it decided already that he won’t return to Madrid, take part in pre-season or training if he does not stay in England.
Zinedine Zidane doesn't want the winger back.
And while Florentino Perez respects Bale for all he has done for Madrid – he too does not want the star to return.
Speaking recently, Roy Keane criticised Bale and cast doubt over his ability these days.
“I don’t see Gareth Bale getting back to the level he was a few years ago," he said.
"Top players, you’ve got to play week-in and week-out.
"With (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi, and when Bale is at his best – we’re going back a few years now, I know he’s produced big moments in big games – but he looks way off it.”
But Chelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink disagrees, saying Bale just needs a run of games.
“He needs a run of games," he said. "You cannot expect him to come on at half-time and change things straight away when he has not had five or six games in a row.
"He’s somebody that needs to get into a rhythm and needs opportunities to play. He’s not played enough for my liking and also, at Real Madrid, he didn’t play, so you need to give him time.”
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