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Gareth Bale: Real Madrid call off Wales forward's China move

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Bale has started all of Real Madrid's pre-season games on the benchGareth Bale's move to China is off after Real Madrid cancelled the deal, with the Wales winger now set to stay at the Spanish club.Bale, 30, had been expected to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on a three-year deal, earning a reported £1 million a week[/i].Last week Real boss Zinedine Zidane said Bale was "very close to leaving" having fallen out of favour.
Zidane added his exit would be "best for everyone".
Does Bale deserve more respect[/img]
Bale ended last season on the bench as Real endured their poorest domestic campaign in 20 years, with 12 defeats, 68 points and a third-place finish - 19 points behind champions Barcelona. They were also knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.Bale has been reportedly nicknamed "The Golfer"[/i] by his Real team-mates, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said[/i] Bale did not attend a team meal because he did not want to miss his bed time.He is Wales' record goalscorer with 31 goals in 77 caps.
A pre-season to forget
Bale was left out of Real's first pre-season game of their US tour, a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich on 21 July. After the game Zidane said: "We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team."In response to Zidane's comments, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett told AFP: "Zidane is a disgrace - he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid."Bale came off the bench in Real's next game to score as they won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the International Champions Cup, although Frenchman Zidane insisted "nothing had changed".He again started on the bench as Real were thrashed 7-3 by Atletico Madrid in New Jersey, but came on for the final 30 minutes.
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