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Bale's agent claims Welshman will retire at Real Madrid

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Bale determined to stay at Real Madrid
Bale determined to stay at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has rejected suggestions that the Welshman was close to joining Manchester United this summer.

United made little secret of their eagerness to try and sign Bale in recent months, with reports in Spain suggesting several bids in excess of £80m were lodged by the Old Trafford giants for the Welsh winger.

Yet Barnett insists there was no desire from Bale to walk away from Real Madrid just two years after he sealed his world record £86m move from Tottenham.

"He was nowhere near leaving," said Barnett at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

"He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he'll stay for the rest of his career. He's loving it there and things are going well for him."

Barnett's views on the current transfer window system made for interesting reading, as he suggested the time has come to end the restrictions on player movement.

"These people who made the rules - which I think are completely illegal - they don't know what they are talking about," he added.

"FIFA read headlines and think our main job is to go out and broker a deal for a club.

"I don't know who those rules are made for, but they are not made for football agents because they really don't know what we are doing for a living.

"There is no dialogue and they come up with the most ridiculous things.

"I think I would open it 365 days. It is just not right. Clubs should have the right to buy and sell players, and players should have the right to move when they want.

“I think it would make a better spectacle, as well, to have transfers all year round,”