Gareth Bale sees no way out of Real Madrid after the apparent collapse of his move to China, with the forward concluding that Florentino Pérez, the president, could not care less that Zinedine Zidane does not want to play him in the first team.

Bale had been set to move to Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth around £1m a week. Yet three days before the Chinese Super League’s transfer window closes on Wednesday, Pérez decided against the move and Bale believes it is dead.

This has left Bale upset with the president, and because the player is understood to have no interest in a move to another club in Europe, permanently or on loan, the 30-year-old faces a bleak future at Madrid.

Bale believes he currently has little prospect of being selected, given Zidane’s recent public pronouncements that he wants the Welshman to leave and the breakdown of his relationship with the manager.

Jiangsu on Monday signed the Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht, leaving them with five foreign players. Chinese Super League rules allow clubs to have four overseas-born players in their squads and the Italian defender Gabriel Paletta is expected to depart soon.


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