Manchester United and Tottenham’s hopes of bringing Gareth Bale back to England remain intact.
AS recently reported that Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending move to Juventus had made Bale have a rethink about his Real Madrid future and cancel future talks with the Champions League winners.
Juve officials are believed to be heading to talk over terms with Ronaldo on his holiday in Greece as a £88million transfer edges closer.
Bale’s agent though has told ESPN his man is still set for talks with new Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, as he seeks assurances about his game time.
Barnett apparently said the report was “wrong” and Bale will “speak to the new coach (Lopetegui) and we will go from there.”
Bale, who came off the bench to win the Champions League for Real against Liverpool, said he was gutted to not start the showpiece in the Ukraine.
“I was very disappointed not to start the game,” said Bale in May.
“I felt like I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions and what can you do? The best I’ve been doing is to come on and make an impact, and I did.”
And Spanish-based journalist Eduardo Inda has told sports programme El Chiringuito that Jose Mourinho has promised the Welshman he can win the Ballon d’Or at Old Trafford.
While last month, Don Balon claimed Real president Florentino Perez had met with Barnett to persuade them to accept a return to Spurs this summer with Denmark star Christian Eriksen possibly going in the other direction.
One thing that is not in doubt is that Bale wants to play more at the Bernabeu.
Barnett told Sky Sports News last month: “I think he is in the top three or four players on earth, so for somebody like him, he wants to play.
“It’s not about money and not about anything else. He wants to play and wants to win the Ballon d’Or, and I think he is capable of doing it.
“I think we have to have a chat with Real Madrid and see where we are going. Obviously he wants a better year than he had last year. He wants to play more, and that’s paramount to him.”
Bale, 28, is under contract at the Bernabeu until the end of the 2021-22 season, having signed a six-year deal in October 2016.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Manchester United will push hard to sign Bale if Madrid’s chief decision-maker Perez decides to cash in on the player.