Gareth Bale is set to leave Real Madrid to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning on a three-year deal.

Sources close to the Wales’ record goalscorer confirmed reports in Spain that although not yet finalised, a move is ‘very close’.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had said Bale (30) was close to leaving the club for China after he was benched during their 3-1 pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich, adding that his exit would be best for everyone.

However, Bale came off the bench in Real Madrid’s next game to net as they won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the International Champions Cup, although Zidane insisted nothing had changed.

He also started on the bench when Real was thrashed 7-3 by Atletico Madrid in New Jersey, but came on for the last 30 minutes in what could be the last few minutes playing for the Spanish club.

Reports say the move to China will see Bale earning £1 million a week.

If Bale completes a move to Jiangsu, his team-mates would include former Italy international striker Eder and Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira, who was subject of a £24 million bid by Liverpool in 2016 before moving to China.

 

-BBC