Balague also revealed that Bale took a definite decision to leave Real Madrid for good in summer 2019: “Gareth Bale had decided to leave last summer, he was all decided, couldn’t stand Real Madrid anymore. He was left out of the squad against Bruges and he didn’t understand what he had to do to be in the team. It was Real Madrid’s fault that he hasn’t gone, he had a deal with a Chinese club, Gareth Bale was going for free and the Chinese club would pay his wages, and Madrid agreed to that.
“But then Florentino Perez heard that James Rodriguez was about to get an offer of €30-40 million from another Chinese club. When Florentino heard about James, he thought ‘Oh, if they’re going to pay €30-40m for him then they should pay the same for Gareth‘. And at that point, the conversations broke down, so no deal.”
Bale was all set to seal a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in summer 2019. The winger was expected to sign a three-year deal with a contract worth a rumoured sum of £1m a week. However, Madrid blocked his departure in the last minute. The 30-year-old’s former side Tottenham were also linked with luring him back during that time. They were eventually priced out by Bale’s reportedly high wages of £350,000-per-week.