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Bale could stay at Real as agent hits out

Los Blancos head coach Zinedine Zidane has denied showing a lack of respect towards the Wales forward, who appears on the verge of a departure from the Spanish club. Zidane said Bale did not play against Bayern Munich last weekend because he did not want to as his future remains unresolved. Former Tottenham forward Bale, 30, trained with the rest of the Real Madrid squad on Monday ahead of the pre-season International Champions Cup fixture against Arsenal in Maryland. Zidane told reporters that he would always back his players, after facing criticism over comments about Bale's potential departure. Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett had labelled Zidane a 'disgrace' over the handling of his client, and maintains any transfer will be done in the best interests of the Welshman. 'There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club. Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club,' Barnett said to Sky Sports News. 'Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he is staying as a Real Madrid player. If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week, or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends.'

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