Gareth Bale is NOT in talks over a new Real Madrid deal
Gareth Bale has not opened contract talks with Real Madrid over a new contract, despite reports in Spain suggesting the Welshman was set to sign a new deal.
Marca are reporting that Bale's advisers were in discussions with Real Madrid chief to extend his current deal that runs to 2019 by a further two years.
Yet Bale's camp have confirmed those reports are inaccurate and insist there are no plans to open contract talks with Real Madrid any time soon.
The denial from the Bale camp will fuel rumours that the Welshman may be tempted by a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United failing in numerous bids to sign the 26-year-old in recent seasons.
While Bale is settled in Madrid, United officials have hinted that they are confident of brokering a deal for the winger next summer, in a deal that would be certain to break the British transfer record.
Meanwhile, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has hit out at the reports detailing the confidential details of his client's world record breaking move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.
Leaks of officials transfer documents revealed all the details of a transfer that has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, with Real Madrid keen to suggest Bale was not a world record signing.
There are suggestions that Real Madrid chiefs were keen not to ruffle the feathers of their star turn Cristiano Ronaldo by admitting publicly that they had paid more than the £80m they paid to sign him from Manchester United when they agreed the deal for Bale.
Yet Tottenham officials explicitly encouraged reporters to confirm the deal for Bale was a world record transfer and now that appears to have been confirmed, much to the annoyance of Barnett.
“There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation because it’s outrageous," the agent told the Telegraph.
"There also needs to be an apology from the Football Association to the clubs and the player.
“I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player.”